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09-11-2003, 06:14 PM
I have been doing Aikido for almost a year now in Fair Oaks, California, and recently got accepted to school in Vancouver Canada. Does any one go to a dojo there? If not, any one know if Aikido is even tought there? Thanks!

Ari Bolden
09-11-2003, 06:49 PM

There are lots of aikido dojos in Vancouver. The head of the CAF resides in Vancouver (Shihan Kawahara).

Fraser Valley Aikikai

Charles Aarons

31410 MaClure Rd

Abbotsford, BC

V2S 6A9

604 852-8014



Gathering Place Aikikai

Michael St. Germain

609 Helmcken

Vancouver, BC

V6B 5R1

250 665-2391

Granville Aikikai

Michael St. Germain

927 Granville St.

Vancouver, BC

V6Z 1L3

604 739-6934


Mountain Coast Aikikai

Jobe Groot

3495 Cambie Street

Suite 535

Vancouver , BC

V5Z 4R3

604 737-7395



Point Grey Aikikai

Ishu Ishiyama & Liz McKinlay

2690 Larch St.

Vancouver, BC

V6K 4K9

604 734-4974

Simon Fraser University Aikikai

Kim Riddick

Simon Fraser University


Burnaby, BC

V5A 1S6



University of British Columbia Aikikai

Cyril Woon

306 - 1011 W. King Edward Ave

Vancouver, BC

V6K 1Z3

6604 738-1079


Vancouver Aikikai

Yukio Kawahara

2929 E 22nd Ave.

Vancouver, BC

V5M 2Y3

604 432-6770


Of course these are aikikai dojos only. I can send you a list of Ki and Yoshinkan as well.

Hope it helps


09-12-2003, 01:04 AM
There are 8 listed in the Aikiweb Dojo Search Engine (http://www.aikiweb.com/search/).


Russ Qureshi
09-12-2003, 10:31 AM
Hi Robert,

I'm biased but I highly recommend checking out the Shohei Juku Aikido Canada dojo (formerly Pacific Aikido Kensankai). The sensei there is Tama Nakashimada (4th dan), a student of Morito Suganuma Shihan. Excellent, spirited training with a group of dedicated students. I began training there 10 years ago and just recently moved away. They are at 3350 Victoria Drive in Vancouver. They train M - F 6 - 7:30 pm and Sat mornings from 10:45 am. They're also the only dojo offering kids classes if you have children.

email aikitamachan@excite.com for more info.

Regards and good luck,


09-14-2003, 05:07 PM

Greetings from your neighbor in Orangevale. As posted above, there are many schools in Vancouver. Not knowing which paticular Aikido Organization you follow, you may wish to shop around to see what fits you best.

In Vancouver area, there are two Yoshinkan Aikido dojo's. One is Rokukan, Robert Mustard Sensei in Burnaby and the other is Godan, Keith Taylor Sensei in Maple Ridge.

Both can be found in our dojo directory at http://www.seikeikan.com/links.htm.

If you would like more information on Yoshinkan Aikido, I invite you to come visit us here in Orangevale. Our doors are always open and you are most welcome to come visit. Mat fee waived as you are my guest.

Kind regards ...

09-14-2003, 10:20 PM
It's a bit of a drive east, maybe 5 hours from Vancouver, but in Nelson, BC there is an amazing teacher. Jean Rene Leduc, 5th dan, of Aikido Kenkyukai International. This is an Aikikai dojo under the auspices of Takeda Yoshinobu Shihan of Yokohama. Relatively unknown, incredibly dynamic, smooth and challenging. In the Liniage of Yamaguchi Seigo Shihan. Go to http://www.kootenayaikido.ca/index.html These are a very dedicated group of folks.