Aikido & Iaijutsu at North Vancouver Aikikai

Aikido is a wonderful educational and spiritual martial art which promotes physical and mental self-discipline and offers profound wisdom and inspiration about life and human existence. The art has been described as “moving Zen.” It is a purely non-competitive and self-defensive art. It emphasizes the cultivation of inner strength, harmony, emotional and ethical maturation, and the mastery of peaceful and non-aggressive resolution of conflicts. In addition, training Aikido with other students offers inspiration, fun, satisfaction, and a sense of community lasting for years among the dojo friends.

North Vancouver Aikikai is a B.C. registered not for profit Society. NVA’s mandate is the preservation of and offering instruction in Traditional Aikido. We are a member of Shin Kaze Aikido Alliance. If you are interested in personal development through traditional and rigorous approach to a Japanese Budo (Martial Way), this may be what you are looking for.  For more information on Shin Kaze see their website at:

NVA is now offering classes in Ryushin Shouchi Ryu Iaijutsu. Ryushin Shouchi Ryu is an organization dedicated to the preservation, instruction, and promotion of this ancient style of Japanese swordsmanship. North Vancouver Aikikai is under the direction of RSR International Soke (Headmaster) Yahagi Kunikazu for more information see the RSR International website at:

Ryushin Shouchi Ryu (Japanese: 柳心照智流) is a school of Kobudo (ancient martial art) specializing in Japanese swordsmanship, specifically: iaijutsu (the art of drawing and cutting with the Japanese sword). Established by Kawabata Terutaka in 2006, the origins of Ryushin Shouchi Ryu can be traced to the 16th century, to the Tenshinsho Jigen Ryu school, a branch tradition of Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto Ryu.