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.
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.
If you are curious about what Aikido has to offer, this is your chance!
We are very happy to announce that Vancouver West Aikikai will be offering a special three-week introductory Aikido course for fully vaccinated teens and adults in September 2021, to be taught by Megan Sekiya Sensei. The classes will be on Mondays and Wednesdays, 6-7 pm, at VWA Shaughnessy, starting on Monday, September 13, through Wednesday, Septemeber 29. The price for six classes is $80. You can pay by e-transfer, via PayPal (with a debit or credit card) , or with cash or cheque at your first class.
To register for the course, please fill out this membership form and waiver , and email it to us ([email protected]) together with your proof of vaccination. Wear some loose, comfortable clothes for your first class (if you don't have a gi), and please arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of the class.
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.
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!
|Oct or Nov 2021 (exact dates TBD)||Ishiyama Shihan||VWA fall seminar||Vancouver|
|Dec 2021 (exact dates TBD)||Ishiyama Shihan||Victoria Aikikai seminar||Victoria|
|Oct 2022 (exact dates TBD)||Osawa Hayato Shihan||CAF fall seminar||Vancouver|
|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||19:45–21:00||all levels||VWA New West||Ramin Arvin Sensei|
|Sat||10:30–12:00||advanced||VWA Shaughnessy||Valentine Kabanets Sensei|
The basic classes (to be taught by Megan Sekiya Sensei) will start on Sept 13, 2021.
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.
The classes at the branch dojo VWA New West by Ramin Arvin Sensei will start on Sep 17, 2021. Check out the community centre website for more information on how to register.
|program @ VWA Shaughnessy||period||amount|
|gainfully employed adults
(students, unemployed, retired)
|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.
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.
Exceptions to these policies will be considered on an individual basis (see Sensei before the class).
cash or cheque at the dojo
e-transfer (preferred) to [email protected]
VWA spring seminar 2018