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 - September 17-30, 2018

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 September 2018, to be taught by Ramin Arvin Sensei (5th dan). The classes will be on Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:00-7:15pm, and Sundays, 6:00-7:00pm, starting Mon, Sep 17, and ending Sun, Sep 30, 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 a few minutes before class starts and wear loose, comfortable clothing.

Summer schedule June-August 2018

Starting on June 4, 2018, we will have combined beginners/regular classes on Mondays & Wednesdays, 7-8:30 pm, until September. The classes on Fridays and Saturdays will continue as scheduled. Our Sunday classes will become open-mat sessions (supervised by a yudansha), starting June 24 until September.

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
Sep 15, 2018 Kim Riddick, Rie Babin, Sharon Bader, and Myrna Harrod-Taniguti Senseis VWA & North Delta Aikikai beginners seminar Vancouver
Oct 19-21, 2018 Osawa Hayato Shihan CAF CAF fall seminar Toronto, ON
Nov 16-17, 2018 Ishiyama Shihan & Guest Instructors VWA VWA fall seminar Vancouver
Dec 1, 2018 Posluns, Groot, Ishiyama, & Mustard Senseis Aikidaily & English Bay Aikikai friendship seminar Vancouver
Apr 5-7, 2019 Fujimaki Shihan & Ishiyama Shihan VWA VWA spring seminar Vancouver
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.