Welcome to the BC Aikido Federation

Discover Your Inner Power

The British Columbia Aikido Federation is a non-profit organization established to support and promote Aikikai-style Aikido in British Columbia. We are affiliated with the Canadian Aikido Federation and the Aikikai Foundation (Aikido World Headquarters, Tokyo, Japan).
The BCAF offers Aikido classes in a safe, friendly and constructive manner to youths ages 8 and up, and adults of all ages. Our goal is not only to preserve the art of Aikido in its original form, but to ensure that our community has access to this highly unique and traditional Japanese martial art.


Ai means HARMONY


Do means PATH OR WAY



About Aikido

About Aikido

Aikido is a traditional Japanese martial art, the modern form of which was founded in 1925 by Master Morihei Ueshiba (O’Sensei). The techniques that form the basis of modern Aikido are derived from centuries-old tactics developed by Samurai warriors. While Aikido has evolved in the historic tradition of Japanese warrior arts, it is more than just a science of tactics and self-defense; it is a discipline for perfecting the spirit.


The Japanese word Ai-ki-do consists of three Kanji characters which can be translated as “the way of unity with the fundamental force of the universe”. Aikido practitioners train to integrate their body, mind and spirit through harmonious practice of the basic principles of Aikido. Aikido teaches us to be aware of our surroundings and to use our bodies to move with physical confrontation instead of against it.


about_aikidoAikido is a true Budo or “Martial Way”. The essence of all Aikido techniques is the use of total body movements to create spherical motion around a stable, energized center. Even when a technique appears to be using only one part of the body, close observation reveals the Aikidoist’s movements are, in fact, movements of the whole body.


Aikido is a purely defensive martial art. Rather than meeting violence with reciprocal violence, the Aikidoist learns to evade and redirect the power of the attack, resulting in the attacker being unbalanced and either projected (thrown) or immobilized. These results are achieved through the precise use of leverage, inertia, gravity, and the actions of centrifugal and centripetal forces. Inevitably, it is the attacker’s own force and momentum that neutralizes his aggression. Because of this principle of “active non-resistance”, Aikido can be effectively performed even against larger, stronger attackers. At the higher levels of the art, it is equally effective against multiple attackers as it is against a single attacker.

Aikido is not a sport or a game, and there are no tournaments or competitions.


Rather, practice is conducted in a spirit of mutual respect and cooperation. Aikido has been proven to be an effective means of self defense and its techniques form the basis of many police “control and restraint” tactics. It is also distinguished by a highly developed moral code which seeks to protect the assailant while simultaneously neutralizing his will and ability to attack. Beyond being merely a form of self protection, Aikido is a method of personal development that teaches the practitioner balance and character, which enhance all aspects of daily life.


Most practice is done with a partner. Each works at his or her own level of ability, alternating as Uke (the attacker), and Nage (the one who receives the attack). Both roles are stressed as each contributes skills that enhance overall sensitivity and control. Practice is non-competitive, with partners working in a cooperative manner to encourage the physical, mental and spiritual growth of each other and those around them.

About Aikido

The British Columbia Aikido Federation is a non-profit organization established to support and promote Aikikai-style Aikido in British Columbia. We are affiliated with the Canadian Aikido Federation and the Aikikai Foundation (Aikido World Headquarters, Tokyo, Japan).

About BCAF

The British Columbia Aikido Federation (BCAF) is a non-profit organization that has existed for over 30 years to support and promote Aikikai-style Aikido in British Columbia. Our goal is to promote, encourage, and teach the art and philosophy of Aikido as developed by Morihei Ueshiba.


Kawahara Shihan, assisted by a small and dedicated group of aikidoists, was the driving force behind the formation of the BCAF and its first Technical Director. The BCAF has grown over the years; we currently have over 20 member clubs throughout British Columbia.


We support our members by providing scholarships and travel subsidies to seminars, financial loans for dojos to purchase mats, and opportunities to enhance skills and abilities in the art of Aikido.


The BCAF is affiliated with the Canadian Aikido Federation and the Aikikai Foundation (Aikido World Headquarters, Tokyo, Japan).

The current Executive for the BCAF is as follows:

President: Robert van der Zalm

Vice-President: Zoran Krunic

Secretary: Barb Wolfe

Treasurer: Kelly Purdue

Registrar: Ken Crystal

Members-at-Large: Tony Hind, Liz McKinlay, Sharon Bader, Penny Ross, Dave Straley




Aiki is not a technique to fight with or defeat the enemy. It is the way to reconcile the world and make human beings one family.


Kawahara Shihan

about_kawaharaKawahara Shihan (8th dan) was the Technical Director of the Canadian Aikido Federation and the British Columbia Aikido Federation. He was designated by the Hombu Dojo in Japan as their official representative to Canada.


Kawahara Shihan began Aikido in the 1950’s as a student of Bansen Tanaka in Osaka. Tanaka Shihan started studying with O’Sensei in 1935 and continued until World War II. After WWII, he built Osaka Aikikai in 1951 under O’Sensei’s direction. O’Sensei would frequently stay in Osaka for extended periods during those years.


Before coming to Canada in 1975, Kawahara Shihan taught for a period in Taiwan. His first 2 years in Canada were spent in Montreal, but he soon relocated to the West Coast in 1977. He traveled extensively to encourage the growth of Aikido in Canada, and he taught a yearly summer camp in British Columbia that drew participants from across the continent and overseas. The first of these camps was held in 1979 in the small town of New Denver, BC. Since that time, the camp has grown and included such guest instructors as the present Doshu, Fujita, Miyamoto, Masuda, and Osawa Shihans from the Hombu dojo, as well as North American Shihans such as Yamada, Kanai, Chiba, Tohei, and Sugano.


Kawahara Shihan passed away in 2011.

Morihei Ueshiba

about_moriheiMorihei Ueshiba (December 14, 1883 – April 26, 1969) was a philosopher, martial artist, author, and the creator of the discipline of Aikido. He is often referred to as O’Sensei (Great Teacher) by Aikidoists.


Morihei Ueshiba was born in Tanabe, Wakayama Prefecture, Japan on 14 December 1883. During his childhood, the Ueshiba family lived in Maizuru (Kyoto Prefecture). His interest in martial arts stemmed from witnessing the beating of his father, which affected him deeply. However, it was only after moving to the northern island of Hokkaido in 1912 with his wife, as part of a settlement effort, that his martial arts training took on real depth, for it was here that he began his study of Daito-ryu aiki-jujutsu under its reviver, Takeda Sokaku.


After Ueshiba left Hokkaido, he came under the influence of Onisaburo Deguchi, the spiritual leader of the Omoto-kyo religion in Ayabe. In addition to the effect on his spiritual growth this connection had, it also introduced Ueshiba to various elite political circles as a martial artist. The Ueshiba Dojo in Ayabe was used to train members of the Omoto-kyo sect, and he was involved in the first Omoto-kyo Incident, an ill-fated attempt to found a utopian colony in Mongolia.


Although Ueshiba eventually distanced himself from both of these teachers, their effect on him and his art cannot be overstated. The real birth of Aikido came as the result of the three Enlightenment experiences of Ueshiba. The first happened in 1925, after Ueshiba had defeated a naval officer’s bokken (wooden katana) attacks unarmed and without hurting the officer. Ueshiba then walked to his garden and:

“Suddenly, the ground began shaking. A golden vapor wafted up from the ground and enveloped me. I was transformed into a golden image, and my body felt as light as a feather. All at once I understood the meaning of creation: the Way of a Warrior is to manifest Divine Love, a spirit that embraces, loves, and protects all things.”


His second experience occurred in 1940, when:


“Around 2am as I was performing misogi, I suddenly forgot all the martial techniques I had ever learned. The techniques of my teachers appeared completely new. Now they were vehicles for the cultivation of life, knowledge, and virtue, not devices to throw people with.”


His third experience was in 1942. During the worst fighting of WWII, Ueshiba had a vision of the “Great Spirit of Peace”:


“The Way of the Warrior has been misunderstood. It is not a means to kill and destroy others. Those who seek to compete and better one another are making a terrible mistake. To smash, injure, or destroy is the worst thing a human being can do. The real Way of a Warrior is to prevent such slaughter – it is the Art of Peace, the power of love.”


In 1927, Ueshiba moved to Tokyo, where he founded his first dojo,. This dojo still exists today, under the name Aikikai Hombu Dojo. Between 1940 and 1942, he made several visits to Manchukuo (Japanese occupied Manchuria) to instruct his martial art. In 1942 he left Tokyo and moved to Iwama in the Ibaraki Prefecture where the term “Aikido” was first used as a name for his art. Here, he founded the Aiki Shuren Dojo, also known as the Iwama Dojo. During this time, O’Sensei also traveled extensively in Japan, particularly in the Kansai region, where he continued to spread knowledge about the art of Aikido.


Morihei Ueshiba passed away on April 26, 1969.

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide students of the BC Aikido Federation with unparalleled instruction in the Martial Art of Aikido by:

  • Providing a safe and relaxed atmosphere for new and experienced students to learn and grow;
  • Teaching a solid foundation of Basic Movements and Basic Techniques which serve as the foundation for the students’ continued growth and learning at low and higher
  • Developing discipline, self-confidence, and self-control
  • Providing the inner strength to develop a healthy body, mind, and natural reflexes;
  • Fostering an open-minded environment and offering a variety of programs to broaden the understanding of Martial Arts in general;
  • Providing a space to practice for anyone in a non-competitive atmosphere. We are looking to improve ourselves through non-violent practice; no one needs to be athletic to start training in Aikido.
about_ourmissionThe heart of a human being is no different from the soul of heaven and earth. In your practice always keep in your thoughts the interaction of heaven and earth, water and fire, yin and yang.

-Morihei Ueshiba


swirlsmall Campbell River Aikikai

Instructor: Troy Beauregard
Southgate Middle School
740 Holm Rd.
Campbell River, BC
Michael Boulet

swirlsmall Comox Valley Aikikai

Instructor: Ken Crystal
Comox Rec Centre
1855 Noel Avenue
Comox, BC V9M 2H4
Ken Crystal

swirlsmall Little Island Aikikai

292 Northcove Road Thetis Island, BC V0R 2Y0
Grant Babin
Box 6-6, Thetis Island, BC
V0R 2Y0

swirlsmall Raincoast Aikikai

Instructor: Andrew Hory
7210 Market Street
Port Hardy, BC
V0N 2P0
Andrew Hory
297 Harbour Road
Coal Harbour, BC V0N 1K0

swirlsmall SanShuKan Aikido

Instructor: Mike Chin
239 Menzies Street
Victoria BC V8V 2G6
250 382 5282
Michael Chin
4427 Majestic Drive
Victoria BC V8N 3H6
250 477 9976

swirlsmall Shawnigan Lake Aikikai

Instructors: John Petersen, James Goreas
1786 McKernan Rd
Shawnigan Lake BC V0R 2W2
John Petersen
1786 McKernan Rd
Shawnigan Lake BC V0R 2W2

swirlsmall Victoria Aikikai

Instructor: Scott Macphail
690 Sumas St. Victoria BC V8T 2L5

Scott Macphail
PO Box 5581,
Station “B” Victoria BC V8R 6S4


swirlsmall University of Victoria Aikido Club

Instructors: Hilary Dawson, Perry Plewes
McKinnon Gym University of Victoria
Victoria BC
c/o Hilary Dawson
1536 Vining Street
Victoria BC V8R 1R1

swirlsmallEast Van Aikikai

Instructor: Tony Hind
Britannia Community Services Centre
South End Mat Room
1661 Napier Street
Vancouver, B.C.
Tony Hind

swirlsmallEnglish Bay Aikikai

Instructor: Michael St. Germain
West End Community Centre
870 Denman St., Vancouver, BC
Corinne de Berry
#11-1020 Nicola St.
Vancouver, BC V6G 2C9

swirlsmall New Westminster Aikikai

Instructor: Cecil Paris
65 East Sixth Ave.
(next to Canada Games Pool)
New Westminster, BC V3L 4G6
Cecil Paris
3002 Vega Court
Burnaby, BC V3J 1B3

swirlsmall Fraser Valley Aikikai

Instructor: Steve Watson
31410 MacClure Rd.
Abbotsford BC V2S 6A9

Steve Watson
32451 Grebe Cr.
Mission BC V2V-4Z2

swirlsmall Simon Fraser University Aikikai

Instructor: Michael Smorhay
Simon Fraser University MPX Gym
Burnaby BC

Simon Fraser University
Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6

swirlsmall Vancouver Aikikai

Instructor: Zoran Krunic
Renfrew Park Com. Centre
2929 E. 22 Ave., Vancouver, BC
David Alexander
14-2118 Eastern Ave.
North Vancouver, BC V7L 3G3

swirlsmallVancouver West Aikikai

Instructor: Ishu Ishiyama
Jericho Hill Community Centre
4196 West 4th Ave,
Vancouver BC V6R 4J5

c/o Liz McKinlay
3927 west 29th
Ave Vancouver BC V6S 1V2

swirlsmallPrince George Aikido

Instructor: Miles Hogan
Prince George YMCA
2020 Massey Drive
Prince George, BC
V2L 4V7
info@pgaikido.ca pgaikido.ca
Miles Hogan

swirlsmallVanderhoof Aikido

Instructor: Mike Moyer
2608 Bute Ave Vanderhoof, BC
Susie Blattner
2608 Bute Ave Vanderhoof, BC

swirlsmall Grandview Bench Aikikai

Instructor: Peter Helmer
2804 43rd Ave
Vernon BC

Peter Helmer
Box 1181, Lumby, BC V0E 2G0

swirlsmall Okanagan Aikikai

Instructor: Pat Olson
Knights of Columbus Hall
130 McCurdy Road
Kelowna BC

Pat Olson
4-12000 Highway 33 East
Kelowna BC V1P 1K4

swirlsmall Kamloops Aikikai

Instructor: Curtis Kore
1465 Pearson Place
(Aberdeen Judo Academy)
Kamloops V1S 1J9

Curtis Kore


swirlsmall Summerland Aikikai

Instructor: Jim Redding
9817 Main Street,
Summerland, BC

Jim Redding
Box 1075, Summerland, BC
V0H 1Z0

swirlsmallHaida Gwaii Aikikai

Instructor: Toby Sanmiya
1911 Harrison Ave Masset, BC
Toby Sanmiya
Box 886 Masset, BC V0T 1M0

swirlsmallPowell River Aikikai

Instructor: Robert van der Zalm
Dwight Hall
6274 Walnut Street
Powell River, BC V8A 4Z2
Robert van der Zalm



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    Okanagan Aikikai – Spring Seminar

    May 30th and 31st, 2015

    The Okanagan Aikikai is pleased to host a Spring Seminar

    Kenji Yoshimi Sensei, godan, is a longtime and loyal deshi of Kawahara Sensei who gave him permission to teach weapons during Kawahara Sensei’s summer camps.  Currently Osawa Sensei also designated Yoshimi Sensei to teach weapons classes during CAF camps.

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    Yoshimi Sensei’s teaching THEME is about Connection on many levels. Connecting Kawahara Sensei’s teaching with Osawa Sensei’s teaching.  Connecting Kenjitsu weapons training with aikido training. Connecting energy and movement between nage and uke.

    Seminar Details:

    OKAikikaismallLocation (May 30 )

    130 McCurdy Road (Knights of Columbus Hall), Kelowna BC

    Tentative Second location (May 31)

    1493 K.L.O. Road (Immaculata Regional High School) Kelowna BC

    Practice schedule:

    May 30, Saturday

    10 am to 12 pm; 1 pm to 4:30 pm

    May 31, Sunday

    10 am to 12 pm; 1 pm to 4:30 pm

    NOTE: Practice location to be determined but tentatively it is at 1493 KLO Road


    $60 for 2 days; $40 for one day

    Student and unemployed fees are $30 for 2 days; $20 for one day


    Billeting and questions:

    Pat Olson: email p.olson@xplornet.com  Tel: 250-491-2078

    Kelly Purdue: email kelpur@uniserve.com  Tel: 250-860-7879

    We welcome all aikidoists to participate in our Spring seminar of 2015 in preparation for the CAF June Summer Camp

    Yours in Aiki,

    Pat Olson

  • Powell River Seminar with Scott Macphail Sensei

    Campbell River Seminar with Scott MacPhail & Peter Helmer Senseis

    Saturday April 25th & Sunday 26th in Campbell River

    Scott MacPhail Sensei will be teaching the the Seminar.

    Peter Helmer Sensei will teach the warm-up class on Saturday, and he is teaching the weapons class on Sunday.


    Kids are welcome to attend if their instructors feel they are ready. Younger children (10 & under) are welcome to attend the first class each day, older kids may participate in as much of the seminar as their instructors feel they are capable of.


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    10:00 am Registration
    10:30 am – 11:10 am Warm Up Class
    11:15 am – 12:15 pm Class 1
    Lunch Break
    1:15 pm– 2:15 pm Class 2
    2:20 pm – 3:20 pm Class 3
    3:30 pm Kyu Grading



    10:00 am – 11:15 am Class 1
    11:30 am – 12:45 am Class 2 (Weapons)



    Working Adults Non-Working/ Students
    Saturday $45 $30
    Sunday $25 $20
    Both Days $60 $40

    Kids 10 & under    $10 for 1 day or $15 for both.


    The Seminar will be held at the Campbell River Judo Club at 450B Merecroft Rd.

    It is behind the Campbell River Youth Soccer Association & across the street from Christian Life Fellowship. Links to Maps & street-view image of the dojo:





    There will be a pot-luck dinner / social gathering to follow, details will be provided at the seminar.



    Comfort Inn: $102/night based on up to 4 people per room (2 queen beds). $10 extra per person beyond 4. (brand new – opens about 3 weeks before the seminar)



    Best Western: $98/night based on 4 occupants.



    Billets can also be made available, with enough notice, to those who need them. Please contact Mike at 250-204-2177.


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    Aikido Seminar and Demonstrations by Senior Instructors

    Saturday May 2, 2015

    To honour the Founder of Aikido: Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969)

    Jericho Hill Gym, 4196 West 4th Ave. Vancouver, BC.

    From 3:30 to 5pm Instructors (2nd to 7th degree black belts) from various Aikido clubs in B.C. will demonstrate their art reflecting their 15 to 50 years of training and teaching.


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    The Demonstration is open to the public and there is no fee for spectators.

    It will be at the Jericho Hill Gym, 4196 West 4th Ave. Vancouver, BC.

    Free parking available.




    Ishu Ishiyama, 7 dan Shihan will conduct the training seminar of 3 classes at the Jericho Hill Gym, 4196
    West 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC
    Registration starts at 11:30 Classes at 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30 pm
    Children welcome to join the 2:30 class


    Fees for participants:

    Full seminar: $30, $20 students or $15 per class,
    children $5


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    Seminar with Ishiyama Shihan, 7th Dan

    April 18th, 2015 – University of Victoria

    Victoria Aikikai is pleased to invite you to a one day seminar with Ishiyama Shihan, 7th Dan, to be held at the University of Victoria on April 18th.

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    Dance Studio (note the change), McKinnon Gym building, Victoria, BC


    Saturday, April 18th

    11:00 – 12:00    1st  Class

    12:15 – 1:15     2nd Class

    1:30 – 2:30       3rd Class

    2:45 –  Testing


    Seminar: $35.00  ($25.00 for students)
    Per class:$12.00 ($10.00 for students)

    Seminar info:


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    James Paul Martin Memorial Grant and Annual Seminar

    swirlSaturday, April 18, 2015 – North Vancouver Aikikai

    Paul Martin Sensei, a previous president of BCAF and a senior member of the British Columbia and Canadian Aikido community passed away August 25, 2012.


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    Paul greatly influenced many students and to honor the his memory East Van Aikikai, with the blessing and support of Paul’s family and close friends, has established The James Paul Martin Memorial Grant and Annual Seminar.


    The grant will go to the art therapy program at Admiral Seymour Elementary School in the downtown eastside of Vancouver. Paul greatly enjoyed drawing and cartooning; it was a therapeutic, creative outlet for him, and this annual grant will allow Paul’s legacy to live on for generations of deserving children.


    The following story ran in the Vancouver Sun on December 23rd and provides background for what we hope to accomplish.


    In support of this initiative, Joel Posluns of North Vancouver Aikikai,121
    East 1st Street, will host the 1st annual seminar at their dojo to help raise funds for the grant.


    Saturday, April 18, 2015


    Noon- 1pm
    1:15pm – 2:15pm
    2:30pm – 3:30pm


    $30 for whole seminar
    $12 a class.


    Tony Hind, 6th dan


    North Vancouver Aikikai,
    121 East 1st Street
    North Vancouver


    The more we raise will allow us to offer more support to the program and help more children. To that effect, we encourage dojos and members across Canada who are unable to attend and wish to contribute to hold their own event in Paul’s memory or simply contribute.


    Please send contributions by May 15th to:

    Seymour Elementary School
    c/o Nathalie Patel
    #20-1110 Odlum Drive
    Vancouver, B.C.
    V5L 3L7


    The funds raised will be presented to Admiral Seymour School on May 29th.
    We will announce the amount and contributor’s names by email at that time.
    The principal of the school is very appreciative and has assured us that 100% of the grant money will be put towards the art therapy program. He has invited us to come by anytime to visit and observe the program.


    Paul would have been very happy to have seen these vulnerable students, many of whom are dealing with mental health issues, receive this kind of care and help. Regardless of dojo location or organization affiliation, this is an excellent opportunity for members of the Canadian Aikido community to join together and use our collective strength to contribute to this excellent cause.



    Tony Hind,
    East Van Aikikai


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    Photos Seminar and regional BC Embukai 2 May

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    Seminar Photos

    Please send us your seminar photos so we can post them on social media and on our website. Currently we’ve added beautiful photos from the Campbell River Seminar. The photos... read more

  • Apr 27

    Okanagan Aikikai – Spring Seminar

    May 30th and 31st, 2015 The Okanagan Aikikai is pleased to host a Spring Seminar Kenji Yoshimi Sensei, godan, is a longtime and loyal deshi of Kawahara Sensei who gave him... read more


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BC Aikido Federation

c/o BCAF President
Robert van der Zalm
email: president@bcaikidofederation.ca







Canadian Aikido Federation

c/o CAF Secretary
Doug Mathieu
56 Somerset Park SW
Calgary Alberta T2Y 3H4
email: dmathieu@telus.net