Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba (O-Sensei)

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Calligraphy by Master Ujita

Morihei Ueshiba

Dojo announcements

Schedule for September-December 2017

Starting Wed, Sep 6, we will resume our normal schedule (beginners classes 6-7:15 pm and regular classes 7:30-9 pm on Mon & Wed, regular classes at 10:30 am on Sat, and beginners/regular classes 6-7 pm on Sun).

There will be no classes on Sun, Sep 3, and Mon, Sep 4. On Sep 4, our dojo is doing an Aikido demo at the Taiwanese Festival in downtown Vancouver (corner of Granville and Robson), 2-2:45 pm. Please come and watch!

Introduction to Aikido - 6 classes - September 6-18, 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 September 2017. This will take place on Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:00-7:15pm, and Sundays, 6:30-7:30pm, starting Wed, Sep 6 and ending Mon, Sep 18. 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 a few minutes before class starts and wear loose, comfortable clothing.

Class Schedule for July-August 2017

For July and August, there will be combined beginners/regular classes on Mondays and Wednesdays, 7 pm - 8:30 pm. Please note the new time. The Saturday and Sunday classes remain as scheduled. The Mon/Wed/Sat classes will be taught by Ishiyama Sensei. The Sun classes will be taught by Jeff and Pavel.

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
Sep 8-10 Suganuma Morito Shihan Shohei Juku Aikido Canada Vancouver, BC
Oct 27-29 Osawa Hayato Shihan Victoria Aikikai (CAF) 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


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.