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. Studying Aikido teaches one how to resolve conflicts in a peaceful manner by harmonising with an attacker's force to neutralise it. This art is so vast and deep that one can continue studying it for many years, always discovering something new! Since Aikido is based on working with universal energy (KI) rather than relying on muscle strength, individuals of any fitness level can practice.

``The Path is exceedingly vast. From ancient times to the present, even the greatest sages were unable to perceive and comprehend the entire truth; the explanations and teachings of masters and saints only express part of the whole. It is not possible for anyone to speak of such things in their entirety – just head for the light and heat, learn from the gods, and through the virtue of devoted practice become one with the divine. Seek enlightenment along the edge.'' – Morihei Ueshiba

dojo announcements

VWA seminar with Ishiyama Shihan

March 3-4, 2023

VWA will host a seminar with Ishiyama Shihan on March 3-4, 2023, at the VWA Dunbar dojo.


03/03, Friday 03/04, Saturday
6:00 pm: check-in desk opens 8:30 am: check-in desk opens
6:30 - 8:30 pm: class by Ishiyama Sensei 9:15 - 10:00 am: warm-up class by Moline Sensei
  10:15 am - 11:15 pm: class by Macphail Sensei
  11:30 am - 12:30 pm: class by Ishiyama Sensei
  12:30 - 1:30 pm: lunch break
  1:45 - 2:30 pm: Q&A re testing by Examination Committee
  2:45 - 3:45 pm: class by Ishiyama Sensei
  4:00 - 5:00 pm: class by Ishiyama Sensei (weapons and/or dan testing)
Note: seminar may be extended if more test time is needed.
  6 pm: party at Liz's. $20/person.

FEES: Full seminar $80 (U18 and full-time students $40); Saturday only $60 (U18 and full-time students $30); Friday only $30 (U18 and full-time students $15). A single class $20 (U18 and full-time students $10).

DAN TESTING: Dan applications must be received by Feb 17 to [email protected] in order to be considered for testing.

For billets contact [email protected]

REGISTRATION: Use this link to register online! After you register, please pay your selected fees by e transfer to [email protected] See you at the seminar!

class schedule in 2023

January 2, 2023

Starting on January 2, 2023, and until the end of August of 2023, VWA Dunbar will have combined classes (for all levels) on Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:30-7:45 pm, and on Saturdays, 10:30 am - 12 pm. Beginners are always welcome to join, and they will be paired up with more experienced dojo members during class. See you on the mats!

aikido testing

December 19, 2022

Congratulations to our new fifth kyus Natalia Clermont, David Chartier, Nick Luzie, Jake Luzie and Summer Luzie! Also congratulations to our new fourth kyu Tammam El-Khodor!

Congratulations to Jim Callaghan and Will Welch on passing their 2nd kyu tests, and to Hector Moncada Hernandez on passing his shodan test!

Ongoing classes at VWA Dunbar

December 24, 2022

We are continuing with Aikido classes at VWA Dunbar three times a week (Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday). New members (of any experience level) are always welcome! Please see the class schedule and our policies below.

The address of the dojo is 3778 West 28th Avenue (which is the parish address), but the actual gym is in the next building west (and the gym entrance is halfway between the 28th Ave and the 29th Ave). Please look for us! There is plenty of street parking on the 28th and 29th Avenues.

See you on the mats!

SFU Aikikai logo

VWA-affiliated SFU Aikikai dojo at SFU Burnaby

January, 2023

SFU Aikikai will be on a four-month break from January to May 2023 due to the SFU Gym renovations. We will resume Aikido classes at SFU in the summer semester of 2023. See you then!


January 6, 2023

VWA New West (a VWA branch dojo, with Ramin Arvin Sensei as head instructor) will start classes for the winter term on January 6, 2023. Classes are mixed levels, and beginners are welcome anytime! Find us on Friday evenings, 7.45-9 pm, at Centennial Community Centre (65 E 6th Ave, New Westminster). To register, call the community centre front desk at (604) 777-5100 or register on line via this link . Email [email protected] for more information.

Upcoming Aikido Seminars

date instructor title place
February 18-20, 2023 BCAF instructors BCAF Kangeiko Clearwater
March 3-4, 2023 Ishiyama Shihan VWA spring seminar Vancouver
June 24-30, 2023 Osawa Shihan 2023 CAF Summer Camp Calgary

VWA Dunbar [main dojo]

3778 West 28th Avenue, Vancouver
[email protected]

VWA New West [branch dojo]

Centennial Community Centre, 65 East Sixth Avenue, New Westminster
[email protected]

SFU Aikikai [VWA-affiliated dojo]

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
Mon 18:30–19:45 all levels VWA Dunbar
Wed 18:30–19:45 all levels VWA Dunbar
Fri 19:45–21:00all levels VWA New West
Sat 10:30–12:00 all levels VWA Dunbar

Classes at VWA Dunbar are taught by our Chief Instructor Ishiyama Sensei whenever he is in town.

See this VWA notice regarding our COVID policy.


program @ VWA Dunbar 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 Dunbar only, may take classes at the other VWA dojo, paying a drop-in fee of $10 per class.

For the program at SFU Aikikai, please register directly with SFU Recreation. The same drop-in arrangmement applies to SFU Aikikai students.

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 2018 spring seminar & 2020 outdoor classes