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.

Thanksgiving Long Weekend Schedule

Saturday classes at regular hours - 10am-noon.

No class on Sunday Oct 11th.

A combined Beginner/Regular class will be held on Monday Oct 12th from 6 to 7:15 pm.

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
October 2-4 Osawa Shihan Okanagan Aikikai (CAF) Kelowna
October 23-25 Suganuma Shihan Shohei Juku Aikido Richmond
November 7-8 Alex Loo Sensei BigRock Aikikai Calgary
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.