The BCAF would like to congratulate Ishiyama Sensei on his promotion to 7th Dan and acknowledge his lifelong commitment to Aikido.
Robert van der Zalm
President of the BC Aikido Federation
Ishu Ishiyama Sensei received shodan from Seiseki Abe Shihan (O-Sensei’s calligraphy teacher), 2nd dan and 3rd dan from Bansen Tanaka Shihan, and 4th, 5th, and 6th dan on the recommendations of the Shihans on the North American Aikido Federation Technical Directors Committee (esp. Yamada, Kanai, and Kawahara Senseis).
Ishu Ishiyama Sensei has been studying Aikido since 1968. He studied with the late Tanaka Shihan (one of O-Sensei’s close pre-war disciples), who had founded an Aikido dojo in 1936 which later became the Osaka Aikikai Foundation. In North America Ishiyama Sensei trained closely with Kanai and Kawahara Senseis. He has studied with Yamada, Chiba, Tohei, Nakazono, and Saito Shihans and has received occasional instructions from the late Doshu Kisshomaru Ueshiba and the current Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba over the past 30 years.
Sensei has been teaching Aikido since 1973. In 1974 he was invited to teach Aikido by the then National Coach for Judo Canada (Nakamura Sensei) and founded Aikido Kensankai at Nakamura Sensei’s dojo, Shidokan Academy of Martial Arts, in Montreal. Sensei also began teaching Aikido at several dojos and colleges in and around Montreal. In 1979, Ishu Ishiyama Sensei was invited by the then chief instructor Gary Mols (a student of Yoshioka Sensei, Hawaii) to head Victoria Aikikai (located in Victoria, B.C.) and its affiliated University of Victoria Aikido Club. Sensei has since conducted many seminars across Canada.
Sensei moved to Vancouver, British Columbia in 1986, and founded Point Grey Aikikai (now known as Vancouver West Aikikai). He later built a full-time Aikido dojo located in the Jericho Hill Centre building where has has been teaching Aikido taijutsu (body work) and weapons (Aiki-jo and Aiki-ken) regularly as the Chief Instructor and the Executive Director (dojo-cho).