Chief Instructor

Joel Posluns, 7th Dan started Aikido in 1973 in Toronto and has practiced regularly since that time. In 1991, he relocated to San Francisco with his family to take a senior marketing position within a large financial institution but decided at 40 to leave corporate life and to follow his interest in Aikido. He founded San Francisco Aikikai in 1992 and opened as a commercial dojo in the Polk Street Gulch, near Nob Hill and remains as technical director. See their websit at:

As Chief Instructor for San Francisco Aikikai, he developed the curriculum for all levels of training including an extensive children and teens program. Posluns Sensei has been a professional Aikido instructor since 1992 and is awarded the rank of Nanadan (7th degree black belt) at the January 2019 Hombu Dojo’s Kagami Biraki and named as an Aikikai Shihan (Master Level Instructor) for the United States Aikido Federation in January 2013. Posluns Sensei has followed Yoshimitsu Yamada and Mitsunari Kanai Shihan (both were from the last group of uchideshi to O-Sensei founder of Aikido) for 46 years.

In 2003 Joel and his family relocated to Vancouver and currently lives in North Vancouver. He has continued to teach and practice Aikido regularly and opened a dojo as a registered B.C. not-for-profit Society naming it North Vancouver Aikikai where he is the Chief Instructor.

The links below are for Posluns Sensei out of town teaching schedule:

Enkhuizen, NL May 2019

Christchurch, NZ September 2019

San Francisco, CA January 2020

Vancouver, BC February 2020

New Orleans, LA March 2020 CANCELLED DUE to Corona Virus

Palmela, Portugal April 2020 CANCELLED DUE to Corona Virus

Enkhuizen, NL April 2020 CANCELLED DUE to Corona Virus

Amsterdam, NL April 2020 CANCELLED DUE to Corona Virus

Heidelberg, Germany April 2020 CANCELLED DUE to Corona Virus

Philadelphia, PA May 2020 CANCELLED DUE to Corona Virus