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

no class on October 14

October 14, 2023

There will be no Saturday class on October 14 due to a church event.

VWA fall seminar with Ishiyama Shihan

November 24-25, 2023

We are happy to announce a fall seminar with Ishiyama Sensei will take place on Nov 24 (Friday evening) and Nov 25 (Saturday all day), at St Philip's gym 3737 W 27th Ave, Vancouver.

Mat fees: Full seminar $80 (discount $40 for U18/students), Sat only $60 (discount $30), Fri only $30 (discount $15), single class $20 (discount $10). NOTE: We prefer the fees to be paid by electronic transfer to [email protected].

Schedule: Friday 6:30 - 7:45 pm Ishiyama Sensei

9:30-10:15 am Kabanets Sensei (warm-up)
10:30-11:45 am Ishiyama Sensei
11:45 am - 1 pm lunch break
1-2 pm Macphail Sensei
2:15-3:15 pm Ishiyama Sensei
3:30-4:30 pm 1st kyu and dan testing*, or weapons class with Ishiyama Sensei
5 pm party chez Liz ($25/person)

*DAN TESTING: Dan applications must be submitted by October 24 in order to be considered for testing. See the procedure on the CAF webpage here .

For billets contact [email protected]

Registration: Online registration is now available. Please register and pay online to save time at the seminar.

How to start practicing Aikido with us

September 1, 2023

Are you curious to try Aikido? You can book your first class with us (please email us to make arrangements). No prior martial arts experience is necessary. Before joining the dojo, you will be asked to complete and sign a membership form and waiver .

moving to a new location & schedule change

September 11, 2023

Starting on September 11, 2023, we will hold our classes at two locations: St. Philips Gym, 3737 W 27th Ave on Mondays (7:30-9:30 pm) and Saturdays (10 am - 12pm), and St. Mary's Kerrisdale Gym, 2490 W 37th Ave on Wednesdays (8:05 - 9:45 pm). Please see the schedule below for more details.

SFU Aikikai logo

VWA-affiliated SFU Aikikai dojo at SFU Burnaby

September 19, 2023

SFU Aikikai (a VWA-affiliated dojo, with Valentine Kabanets Sensei) resumed Aikido classes at SFU in the summer semester of 2023. On Sep 19 and Sep 21, there will be free introductory Aikido classes. To register for these free classes, please follow the link to the SFU rec services here . Regular Aikido classes at SFU will start on Sep 26, 2023. Free intro and regular classes will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6-8 pm, in TC (Transportation Centre) Studio 2 ; it's across this Starbucks location . The classes are particularly geared towards complete beginners, but practitioners of any rank are welcome! To register, please follow this link !


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
Oct 20-22, 2023 Osawa Hayato Shihan CAF fall seminar Toronto
Nov 24-25, 2023 Ishiyama Shihan VWA fall seminar Vancouver

VWA @ Dunbar (St. Philip's)

3737 West 27th Avenue, Vancouver
[email protected]

VWA @ Kerrisdale (St. Mary's)

2490 West 37th 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]

TC (Transportation Centre) Studio 2, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby
[email protected]

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

class schedule

day time* location
Mon 19:30–21:30 Dunbar
Tue 18:00–20:00 SFU
Wed 20:05–21:45 Kerrisdale
Thu 18:00–20:00 SFU
Fri 19:45–21:00 New West
Sat 10:00–12:00 Dunbar

*NOTE: The class times shown above include setup and takedown times (about 15 min each). Please arrive at the dojo at the start time shown to help with setup!

Class instructors: Classes at the VWA main dojo (Dunbar and Kerrisdale) are taught by our instructional team consisting of Chief Instructor Ishiyama Sensei, Deputy Chief Instructor Valentine Kabanets Sensei, and the senior blackbelt members. Classes at VWA New West are taught by Ramin Arvin Sensei. Classes at SFU Aikikai are taught by Valentine Kabanets Sensei.

See this VWA notice regarding our COVID policy.


program @ VWA period amount
gainfully employed adults
(students, unemployed, retired)
monthly $100 ($60)
  4 months $360 ($200)
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 ($10 per class at VWA).

Basic policies

Beginners and visitors are welcome. Beginners will be paired up with more experienced dojo members during class. 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 dojo members

Our dojo is open for new members to join. 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).

Payment methods

cash or cheque at the dojo

e-transfer (preferred) to [email protected]

via PayPal


VWA 2018 spring seminar & 2020 outdoor classes