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. 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.

dojo announcements

VWA fall seminar

Nov 15 & 16, 2019

We will have a seminar with Ishiyama Shihan and guest instructors on Nov 15 and 16, 2019.

Class on Fri, Nov 15, is at VWA Cambie, 7:30 – 9 pm, by Ishiyama Shihan. Classes on Sat, Nov 16, are at VWA Jericho, 10 am – 3:30 pm, by Robert van der Zalm Sensei, Bob Moline Sensei, and Ishiyama Shihan (followed by testing and a party at Liz's). Bob Moline Sensei will also talk on the CAF testing standards and expectations.

The mat fees are: $60 both days; $50 Sat only; $20 Fri only ($10 discount for students and unemployed).

If you intend to test at this seminar, please email Bruce Riddick for more information on the testing procedure.

For more details on the seminar, see this seminar poster.

Aikido classes for beginners at VWA Jericho


Vancouver West Aikikai is offering Aikido classes for beginners on Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:30-7:20 pm, at VWA Jericho. Join us at any time!

Friday classes at VWA Cambie


We are happy to continue our Aikido classes 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!

Upcoming Aikido Seminars

date instructor title place
Oct 18-20, 2019 Osawa Hayato Shihan CAF fall seminar Quebec City, PQ
Nov 15-16, 2019 Ishiyama Shihan VWA fall seminar Vancouver
Apr, 2020 Ishiyama Shihan VWA spring seminar Vancouver

VWA Jericho

Jericho Hill Centre, 4196 West 4th Ave, Vancouver

VWA Cambie

St Mary's Ukrainian Cultural Centre Gym, 3140 Ash St, Vancouver

[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 16:45–17:45 children Jericho
  18:30–19:20 basics  
  19:30–20:45 all levels  
Wed 16:45–17:45 children Jericho
  18:30–19:20 basics  
  19:30–20:45 all levels  
Fri 19:30–20:45 all levels Cambie
Sat 10:30–12:00 all levels Jericho
Sun 18:00–19:00 test prep Jericho

On a long-weekend Monday, there will be a combined class 18:30–19:45. No long-weekend Sunday class.


program period amount
adults monthly $80
  Jan–Mar $210
  Apr–Jun $210
  Jul–Aug $140
  Sep–Dec $280
intro six classes Jan or Sep $60
drop in one class $10
children monthly none
(ages 7–13) Jan–Mar $210
  Apr–Jun $210
  Sep–Dec $240

No children classes on Oct 14, 16, and Nov 11, 2019.

Groupon discount vouchers are available for beginners. 12-class books and family discounts are available for registered dojo members.

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], with Sensei's last name as the answer to your (arbitrary) security question

PayPal adults one-time
Student Name
PayPal adults monthly debit
Student Name(s)


VWA spring seminar 2018