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: 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

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



The BC Aikido Federation has a new blog featuring Dojos throughout BC: Featured Dojo.

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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 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

swirlsmall Crane Aikikai Aikido

Instructor: James Goreas
5795 Duncan Street
Duncan, B.C.

James Goreas

swirlsmall North Delta Aikikai

Instructor: Kim Riddick and Tse-Lynn Loh
North Delta Recreation Centre
11415 84 Avenue
Delta, BC. V4C 2L9


Kim Riddick

swirlsmall Killarney Aikikai

Instructors: Mark Chiang, Franco Teleg
3022 East 49th Avenue,
Vancouver, BC, V5S 1K9
Phone: 604-433-5472

swirlsmall Vancouver Mind Body Center

Instructors: Natan Cheifetz and
Yelena Ryabova

4364 Fraser street,
Vancouver, BC V5V 4G3
Vancouver Mind & Body Center
4364 Fraser street,
Vancouver, BC V5V 4G3
Phone: 604.377.3800

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 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

swirlsmallBurns Lake Aikido

Instructor: Corinne MacDonald
Full Circle Aikikai
Lakeside Multiplex
133 Flogum St.
Burns Lake, BC
Corinne MacDonald
Mailing address:
Full Circle Aikikai
1 Paddy Issac Road
Burns Lake, BC
V0J 1E1

swirlsmall Clearwater Aikikai

Instructor: Myrna Harrod
C/O 326 Robson St.
Clearwater, BC
V0E 1N1



Myrna Harrod

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


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



  • Aikido Seminar with Ishiyama Shihan

    Saturday, May 26, 2018 – Vancouver West Aikikai dojo

    Vancouver West Aikikai is pleased to announce the first themed seminar with Ishiyama Shihan on Sat, May 26, 2018. This will be a 3-hour seminar (10am-1pm, with a couple of short breaks in-between) with special emphasis on basic forms and basic footwork in Aikido. This seminar is intended both for Aikido students and for Aikido instructors.

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    Vancouver West Aikikai dojo (4196 West 4th Ave, Vancouver)

    The theme of the seminar will be:

    Learning basic forms of Aikido techniques and understanding basic footwork.

    (For instructors: Teaching basic forms of Aikido techniques and helping students understand basic footwork.)


    Saturday, May 26, 2018


    9:30-10 registration, 10-13 class (with short breaks)


    $30 (students & non-working adults: $20)

    For more information about the seminar, visit www.vancouverwestaikikai.com

  • Aikido Beginners’ Seminar

    Co-hosted by Vancouver West Aikikai and North Delta Aikikai

    Saturday, September 15th, 2018 

    Aikido Beginners’ Seminar, co-hosted by Vancouver West Aikikai and North Delta Aikikai

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    Saturday, September 15th, 2018 

    10:00 – 11:00 – Kim Riddick (North Detla Aikikai)

    11:10 – 12:10 – Rie Babin (Aikidaily)

    Break (bring your own lunch)

    12:50 – 1:50 – Sharon Bader (Vancouver West Aikikai)

    2:00 – 3:00 – Myrna Harrod-Taniguti (Clearwater Aikikai)

    3:10 – 3:40 – Kyu Testing


    Vancouver West Aikikai, Jericho Hill Centre, 4196 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver, BC


    $10 per class or $30 for the entire seminar

    For more information about the seminar, email kim.riddick@gmail.com or call 778-889-4551


  • Aug 17

    Aikido Beginners’ Seminar

    Co-hosted by Vancouver West Aikikai and North Delta Aikikai Saturday, September 15th, 2018  Aikido Beginners’ Seminar, co-hosted by Vancouver West Aikikai and North Delta... read more

  • Apr 3

    Aikido Seminar with Ishiyama Shihan

    Saturday, May 26, 2018 – Vancouver West Aikikai dojo Vancouver West Aikikai is pleased to announce the first themed seminar with Ishiyama Shihan on Sat, May 26, 2018. This... read more

  • Mar 21

    Aikido Seminar with Ishiyama Shihan Paris, Macphail, Moline and Dawson Senseis

    Vancouver, April 14-15 Vancouver West Aikikai is pleased to announce that Ishiyama Shihan and guest instructors will be giving a seminar in Vancouver on the weekend of April 14-... read more


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BC Aikido Federation

c/o BCAF President
Bruce Riddick
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