Calligraphy by Isamu Takeshita


Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba (O-Sensei)

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Calligraphy by Master Ujita

Morihei Ueshiba
Founder of Aikido

Aikido - The Art of Peace

Aikido is a Japanese martial art, founded by Master Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969), where training is used as a way for personal development, self-discipline and spiritual growth. Aikido is an attempt to actualize the `Spirit of Wa (harmony)' by refining technique, heart and ki (life force) through martial art training. Founder Morihei Ueshiba stated that Aikido is "not to create and fight enemies, but a practice to harmonize and become one with the ki of the universe" and "a life compass to lead to self-actualization and the improvement of one's mettle". It is also a wonderful educational system to polish oneself and to create a strong and flexible, well-balanced body and soul. [read more]

Dojo announcements

Introduction to Aikido - 6 classes - January 7-20, 2019

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 Aikido course for teens and adults in January 2019. The classes will be on Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:30-7:15pm, and Sundays, 6:00-7:00pm, starting Mon, Jan 7, and ending Sun, Jan 20, at VWA Jericho. The price for six classes is $60. You can register and pay through PayPal, or with cash or cheque at your first class. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before class starts and wear loose, comfortable clothing.

Kagami Biraki 2019 - January 12

Vancouver West Aikikai will hold its Kagami Biraki practice, ceremony and reception at the dojo on Saturday, January 12, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm. This is a traditional celebration starting a new year of Aikido training (see here for more information on the Kagami Biraki tradition).

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

Ukemi Classes at VWA Cambie - starting January 2019

Starting on Friday, Jan 4, 2019, we are beginning an 8-week series of classes dedicated to ukemi practice, application, and principles. Classes will be held at VWA Cambie on Fridays, 7:30-8:45 pm, taught by Ramin Arvin. All levels are welcome!

New Friday classes at VWA Cambie

We are happy to announce that additional Aikido classes are now (as of May 4, 2018) offered on Fridays, 7:30 - 8:45 pm, at our second location, VWA Cambie, close to Cambie at W 16th Ave (at the gym of St Mary's Ukrainian Cultural Centre, 3140 Ash Street, Vancouver). These are combined beginners/regular classes taught by Ishu Ishiyama Sensei, Valentine Kabanets Sensei, and Ramin Arvin Sensei. New students are welcome!

Beginner Aikido classes with discount

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

Free introductory Aikido class for new beginners

is on the last Monday of each month (except holidays) during our beginners class time slot. You can join our beginners program at any time! We offer beginners' Aikido classes four times a week: Mon, Wed, and Sun at VWA Jericho, and Fri at VWA Cambie. Please see our class schedule for more details.

Upcoming Aikido Seminars
Date Instructor Host Title Location
Apr 5-7, 2019 Fujimaki Shihan & Ishiyama Shihan VWA VWA spring seminar Vancouver
Jun 22-28, 2019 Osawa Hayato Shihan CAF CAF summer camp Victoria, BC
Click on the date for more details about a seminar.

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


VWA Jericho


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

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