Welcome to the BC Aikido Federation
Discover Your Inner Power
Ai means HARMONY
Ki means ENERGY OF SPIRIT
Do means PATH OR WAY
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.
Aikido 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.
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.
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: Bruce Riddick
Past President: Robert VanderZalm
Vice-President: Curtis Kore
Secretary: Barb Wolfe
Treasurer: Kelly Purdue
Registrar: Ken Crystal
Members-at-Large: Liz McKinlay, Sharon Bader, Penny Ross, Dave Straley, Don Lamb
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 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 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:
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 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.
Campbell River Aikikai
Instructor: Troy Beauregard
Southgate Middle School
740 Holm Rd.
Campbell River, BC
Comox Valley Aikikai
Instructor: Ken Crystal
Comox Rec Centre
1855 Noel Avenue
Comox, BC V9M 2H4
Instructor: Andrew Hory
7210 Market Street
Port Hardy, BC
297 Harbour Road
Coal Harbour, BC V0N 1K0
Instructor: Mike Chin
239 Menzies Street
Victoria BC V8V 2G6
250 382 5282
4427 Majestic Drive
Victoria BC V8N 3H6
250 477 9976
Shawnigan Lake Aikikai
Instructors: John Petersen, James Goreas
1786 McKernan Rd
Shawnigan Lake BC V0R 2W2
1786 McKernan Rd
Shawnigan Lake BC V0R 2W2
Instructor: Scott Macphail
690 Sumas St. Victoria BC V8T 2L5
PO Box 5581,
Station “B” Victoria BC V8R 6S4
University of Victoria Aikido Club
Instructors: Hilary Dawson, Perry Plewes
McKinnon Gym University of Victoria
c/o Hilary Dawson
1536 Vining Street
Victoria BC V8R 1R1
English 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
New Westminster Aikikai
Instructor: Cecil Paris
65 East Sixth Ave.
(next to Canada Games Pool)
New Westminster, BC V3L 4G6
3002 Vega Court
Burnaby, BC V3J 1B3
Simon Fraser University Aikikai
Instructor: Michael Smorhay
Simon Fraser University MPX Gym
Simon Fraser University
Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6
Instructor: Zoran Krunic
Renfrew Park Com. Centre
2929 E. 22 Ave., Vancouver, BC
14-2118 Eastern Ave.
North Vancouver, BC V7L 3G3
Burns Lake Aikido
Instructor: Corinne MacDonald
Full Circle Aikikai
133 Flogum St.
Burns Lake, BC
Full Circle Aikikai
1 Paddy Issac Road
Burns Lake, BC
Grandview Bench Aikikai
Instructor: Peter Helmer
2804 43rd Ave
Box 1181, Lumby, BC V0E 2G0
4-12000 Highway 33 East
Kelowna BC V1P 1K4
Instructor: Toby Sanmiya
1911 Harrison Ave Masset, BC
Box 886 Masset, BC V0T 1M0
Fall Seminar Vancouver West Aikikai
September 10-11 2016
Fall Seminar Vancouver at West Aikikai (VWA)
with Ishiyama Shihan (7th dan), and Guest Instructors at the Jericho Hill Gymnasium and Vancouver West Aikikai Dojo
Saturday, Sep 10th and Sunday, Sep 11th
Additional information will be announced and posted as we get closer to the date.
Add the event to your Aikido calendars. We look forward to seeing you at
2016 CAF Summer Camp with Osawa Shihan
June 18th to the 24th 2016 – Kelowna BC
We are pleased that Osawa Shihan will be back in Canada in 2016 for his Annual Summer Camp and Fall Seminar. The Summer Camp dates and location is confirmed so please keep the week of June 18th to the 24th open to attend the 2016 camp in beautiful Kelowna BC.
Details are available on the CAF website at: www.canadianaikidofederation.ca
October 28th to the 30th 2016 – Quebec
The Fall Seminar dates and location is tentative and we are waiting for official confirmation. But most likely the Fall Seminar dates will be October 28th to the 30th. The location is tentatively in Beautiful Quebec, with the exact location (Montreal or Quebec City) soon to be decided.
CAF Camp/Seminar Committee
Fall Seminar Vancouver West Aikikai
Celebrating your 40th anniversary
Spring seminar with Ishiyama Shihan, Cecil Paris Sensei and Scott Macphail Sensei