Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba (O-Sensei)

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Calligraphy by Master Ujita

Dojo announcements

Special class at VWA by Cecil Paris Sensei

Cecil Paris Sensei, 6 dan, member of the CAF Examination Committee, will be teaching a class at Vancouver West Aikikai on Saturday, December 10, 10:00 - 11:30 am. Note the earlier than usual start time of the class! Everyone is welcome!

Teaching Schedule for Fall 2016

Mon Bruce Riddick
Wed Valentine Kabanets
Sat Dave Bursey (weapons) & Kim Riddick
Mon Valentine Kabanets
Wed Valentine Kabanets
Sun Anna Stukas
Mon Liz McKinlay
Wed Liz McKinlay

For more information about the VWA instructors, please see here.

Holiday Season Schedule

No class Sat, Dec 24. No class Sun, Dec 25. Combined beginner/regular class Mon, Dec 26, 6 pm - 7:15 pm. Regular class Sat, Dec 31. No class Sun, Jan 1. Combined beginner/regular class Mon, Jan 2, 6 pm - 7:15 pm.

Kagami Biraki 2017

Vancouver West Aikikai will hold its Kagami Biraki practice, ceremony and reception at the dojo on Saturday, January 14, from 10:30am to 12:30pm. This is a traditional celebration starting a new year of Aikido training.

The event is free of charge. Guests are welcome, even if they only participate in the reception.

Introduction to Aikido - 6 classes - January 2017

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

Vancouver West Aikikai will be offering a special 2-week introductory course for teens and adults in January 2017. This will take place on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6pm to 7:30pm and Sundays from 6:30pm to 7:30pm, starting Jan 18 and ending Jan 30. The price for six classes is $50. You can register and pay through PayPal, or with cash or cheque at your first class. Please arrive a few minutes before class starts and wear loose, comfortable clothing.

Beginner classes with discount

VWA is offering a Groupon for its beginner classes, with a substantial discount. There are a limited number of vouchers available. For further information, please click here.

Free introductory class for new beginners

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

Upcoming Aikido Seminars
Date Instructor Host Location
Jan 28 Moline Sensei Vancouver West Aikikai Vancouver
Apr 8-9 Ishiyama Shihan (with guests) Vancouver West Aikikai Vancouver
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.