Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba (O-Sensei)

bokken on stand

Calligraphy by Master Ujita

Dojo announcements

Introduction to Aikido - 6 classes - September 2015

If you are curious about what Aikido has to offer, this is your chance!

Vancouver West Aikikai is offering a special two-week introductory course for teens and adults in September 2015, from September 16 to September 28. The classes are Mondays & Wednesdays, 6pm - 7:15pm, and Sundays, 6:30pm - 7:30pm. The price for the course is $50. Arrive a few minutes before class and wear loose, comfortable clothing.

You can register and pay online through PayPal, or with cash or cheque at your first class.

Summer schedule changes

June through August, our Saturday class is 10:30am - 12:00pm; weapons taught at the discretion of the instructor. Beginners with a minimum of 12 classes are welcome! The usual Saturday schedule, with a 10:00am weapons class, will resume on September 5.

For August, the Sunday classes are cancelled. Instead, the Sunday time slot 6:30pm - 7:30 pm is reserved for free practice (which needs to be arranged with one of the yudanshas in advance). The usual Sunday classes will resume on September 6.

Free introductory class for new beginners

is on the last Monday of each month (except holidays) at 6:00pm.

Aikido community news

Chiba Shihan, a direct student of O'Sensei and the founder of Birankai, passed away on June 5, 2015.

We wish to express our heartfelt condolences to Chiba Sensei's family and his dedicated students and instructors all around the world. We share with you the profound sadness of losing a truly inspiring and great teacher and martial artist. The senior members of the VWA have studied with him and have been inspired by his dynamic and powerful Aikido, and his profound philosophy on Aikido and the pursuit of true budo.

See photos of Chiba Shihan.

Upcoming Aikido Seminars
Date Instructor Host Location
August 14-15 Yumi Nakamura Sensei and Jim Barnes Sensei Okanagan Aikikai (CAF) Kelowna
October 2-4 Osawa Shihan Okanagan Aikikai (CAF) Kelowna
October 23-25 Suganuma Shihan Shohei Juku Aikido Richmond
Click on the date for more details about a seminar.

Chief Instructor and Dojo-cho
(Chief Executive Director):
Ishu Ishiyama Shihan, 7th dan


Honourary Dojo-cho:
Y. Kawahara Shihan, 8th dan

Vancouver West Aikikai is affiliated with the Aikikai Foundation (Aikido World Headquarters, Tokyo, Japan), Canadian Aikido Federation, & British Columbia Aikido Federation. Vancouver West Aikikai is a not for profit organization.