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

Intro to Aikido for Teens and Adults - six classes

September 13-29, 2021

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 teens and adults in September 2021. The classes will be on Mondays and Wednesdays, 6-7 pm, at VWA Shaughnessy, starting on Monday, September 13, through Wednesday, Septemeber 29. More details will be posted shortly.

restarting indoor classes at VWA Shaughnessy

July 5, 2021

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, 7:15-8:30 pm. Our Saturday morning classes will continue to be held outdoors near Jericho Hill Centre, weather permitting (or indoors at VWA Shaughnessy if it rains). Please see the schedule for the times and locations. Please see these VWA rules regarding our indoor classes.

Kamiza at VWA Shaughnessy

aikido testing

December 26, 2020

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!

Upcoming Aikido Seminars

date instructor title place
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

VWA Shaughnessy

1357 W 38th 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 location instructor
Mon 19:15–20:30 VWA Shaughnessy Valentine Kabanets Sensei
Wed 19:15–20:30 VWA Shaughnessy Valentine Kabanets Sensei
Sat 10:30–12:00 near Jericho Hill Centre Valentine Kabanets Sensei

See these VWA rules regarding indoor classes during Stage 3 of BC's reopening plan.


program period amount
adults monthly $80
  Jan–Mar $210
  Apr–Jun $210
  Jul–Aug $140
  Sep–Dec $280

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