North Vancouver Aikikai is dependent upon its membership to pay the dojo expenses. So as a member of the dojo, paying dues is an on-going commitment, that is as long as the member decides to practice Aikido at NVA. In order to make payment easy, members of the dojo can set up automatic deduction through PayPal and any major credit card.
For Dues Payment Options, please go to our Dues Payment Page by clicking here Aikido dojos are very social places and because there is no competition in Aikido, members tend be to friendly off the matt. We hold Pot Luck Dinners and get togethers, usually in relation to a seminar or weekend intensive training with guest instructors. Plus we often go on “Road Trips” to visit other dojos and attend seminars that they host. As part of the United States Aikido Federation, we have several hundred dojos and their members to practice with.
NVA is a B.C. Registered Society S-52265, dedicated to the preservation of and instruction in Traditional Aikido and Ryushin Shouchi Ryu – Iaijutsu, our only objective is the perpetuation of the Budo Practice that our Shihan have given to us. As a not-for-profit we offer Scholarships and sliding scale tuition for worthy individuals.
Basics (Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 5:30 to 7 pm)
Teens & Adults beginner’s classes provide a foundation with a rigorous class offering lots of cardio-vascular exercise. We concentrate on basic rolling, footwork and techniques. Basics Teens & Adults will become more proficient in learning ukemi (the art of falling) and in their footwork (taisabaki) in this class. Everyone in the dojo attends these classes.
Beginners (Saturday 12 noon to 1:30 pm)
Beginners Class will provide a comprehensive approach to Aikido practice including learning to do ukemi (falling and tumbling) and basic body movements. All levels can participate in this class where beginners can practice with more senior practitioners and learn about Aikido terminology. Adults over 18 and teens 13 to 17 with parental approval may attend.
Bokken, Jo and Tanto (Wednesday 5:30 to 7 pm)
Wooden Sword, Wooden 4′ Staff and wooden knife are taught as a way to understand distance and timing. Weapons are an integral part of Aikido and not taught separately. Instructor permission is required to participate. Both two man forms and kata (solo forms) are taught as well as weapons take-away techniques.
Iaijutsu (Wednesday 7 to 8:30 pm and Sunday 10:30 am to 12 noon)
Ryushin Shouchi Ryu is a Kobudo (anicent martial art) specializing in Iai-jutsu (quick-draw sword art). North Vancouver Aikikai is the BC Regional HQ for RSR Americas and is affiliated with Ryushin Shouchi Ryu International Headquarters in Japan.
As well as two instructional classes a week we also offer open matt practice Mondays to Thursdays 4 – 5 pm including Training Seminars for participants in this dynamic sword style. For more information about this style, please click here to visit the website for Ryushin Shouchi Ryu Canada.