Why practice Aikido?

Aikido is a way of personal development through a traditional Japanese martial art. Aikido is often translated as the Art of Peace, and described as the Meditation in Motion. The purpose of this art is to bring balance to one's mind and body, and by extension to promote peace and harmony in the world. Aikido is so vast and deep that everyone will experience it differently. But everyone will benefit by developing their awareness and mindfulness, becoming more confident and open to the world, and reducing their daily stress.

dojo announcements

Aikido classes for Beginners

September 2021

We are continuing our beginners classes for fully vaccinated teens and adults, taught by Megan Sekiya Sensei. These classes are on Mondays and Wednesdays, 6-7 pm, at VWA Shaughnessy. If you're interested in learning Aikido, we suggest you come and watch a class first, and talk to our instructors.

VWA Branch dojo at SFU Burnaby

January 2022

VWA is happy to announce that SFU Aikikai will continue as a VWA-affiliated dojo, with Valentine Kabanets Sensei as the head instructor. Starting January 2022, SFU Aikikai will be offering Aikido classes on Tuesday and Thursday evenings (at the SFU gym in Burnaby), through SFU Athletics and Recreation. More details to follow.

VWA Branch dojo in New Westminster

September 17, 2021

VWA is happy to announce a branch dojo opening in New Westminster (VWA New West) on Sept 17, 2021, headed by Ramin Arvin Sensei. VWA New West will be offering Aikido classes on Friday evenings. Please see the schedule & fees section below for more details.

restarting indoor classes at VWA Shaughnessy

July 5, 2021

We've moved to a new location: VWA Shaughnessy, 1357 W 38th Ave, Vancouver . Starting July 5, our Monday and Wednesday classes will be indoors at VWA Shaughnessy, 7:15-8:45 pm. And starting Aug 7, our Saturday morning classes will also be indoors at VWA Shaughnessy, 10:30 am - 12 pm. Please see the schedule for the times and locations. Please see these VWA rules regarding our indoor classes.

Kamiza at VWA Shaughnessy

aikido testing

December 26, 2020

Congratulations to Megan Sekiya and Andrew Dyadin on passing their shodan tests! Great job, Megan and Andrew!

Congratulations to Jim Callaghan and Francisco Diaz on passing their 3rd kyu tests! Well done, Jim and Francisco!

Upcoming Aikido Seminars

date instructor title place notes
Nov 20, 2021 Ishiyama, Macphail, and Moline Senseis Victoria Aikikai seminar Victoria in-person training restricted to Victoria Aikikai-affiliated dojo members only; Zoom link for others. (Class 1: 12 - 12:45 Moline Sensei, Class 2: 1 - 1:45 Macphail Sensei, Classes 3 and 4: 2 to 3:30 Ishiyama Sensei. Fees: $35 for in-person and $25 for Zoom participants.)
Dec 2021 (exact dates TBD) Ishiyama Shihan Victoria Aikikai seminar Victoria
Oct 2022 (exact dates TBD) Osawa Hayato Shihan CAF fall seminar Vancouver

VWA Shaughnessy [main dojo]

1357 W 38th Ave, Vancouver

VWA New West [branch dojo]

Centennial Community Centre, 65 East Sixth Avenue, New Westminster

SFU Aikikai [branch dojo] (starting January 2022)

Lorne Davies Complex (Central Gym), Simon Fraser University, Burnaby

[email protected]
Vancouver West Aikikai, c/o E.M. McKinlay, 3927 West 29th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V6S 1V2

class schedule

day times level location instructor
Mon 18:00–19:00 basic VWA Shaughnessy Megan Sekiya Sensei
Mon 19:15–20:45 advanced VWA Shaughnessy Valentine Kabanets Sensei
Wed 18:00–19:00 basic VWA Shaughnessy Megan Sekiya Sensei
Wed 19:15–20:45 advanced VWA Shaughnessy Valentine Kabanets Sensei
Fri 19:45–21:00all levels VWA New West Ramin Arvin Sensei
Sat 10:30–12:00 advanced VWA Shaughnessy Valentine Kabanets Sensei

NOTE: On statutory holiday Mondays, we have a single combined class (for all levels), 6:30-7:45 pm.

The advanced classes are taught by our Chief Instructor Ishiyama Sensei whenever he is in town.

See these VWA rules regarding indoor classes during Stage 3 of BC's reopening plan.


program @ VWA Shaughnessy period amount
gainfully employed adults
(students, unemployed, retired)
monthly $100 ($60)
  4 months $360 ($200)
intro six classes Jan or Sep $80
drop in one class $20

For the full program at VWA New West, the fees are to be paid directly to the Centennial Community Centre via this link.
The students registered at VWA New West only, or at VWA Shaughnessy only, may take classes at the other VWA dojo, paying a drop-in fee of $10 per class.

Basic policies

Beginners and visitors are welcome. Drop-in visitors will be required to sign a waiver at the dojo before practising. Please observe proper etiquette and adhere to the dojo Code of Conduct .

All dojo members are required to pay Canadian Aikido Federation and BC Aikido Federation annual dues.

New members must complete and sign a membership form and waiver . This may be done on arrival at the dojo, or you may save time by completing the form online and either printing it or emailing it to us.

The children's classes use a different membership form and waiver , which must be completed by parents before their children join the classes.

Exceptions to these policies will be considered on an individual basis (see Sensei before the class).

Payment methods

cash or cheque at the dojo

e-transfer (preferred) to [email protected]

via PayPal


VWA spring seminar 2018