Aikido is a traditional Japanese martial art created by Morihei Ueshiba (O-Sensei) in the early 20th century. As the physical practice of philosophical principles developed by O-Sensei, Aikido strives for the ultimate goal of peaceful resolution rather than defeat. Composed of three Japanese characters: Ai, meaning harmony; Ki, spirit or energy; and Do, the path or the way, the word Aikido thus signifies the “Way of Unifying Life Energy”. In this regard, O-Sensei created a martial art in which the preservation of one’s attacker is equally important as one’s own self defense.
The United States Aikido Federation (USAF) is a non-profit organization (501-C3), providing both technical and administrative guidance and support to its members. The USAF not only oversees the practice of Aikido and its instruction as established by Hombu dojo, the international headquarters in Japan, but also develops and maintains rigorous technical standards, while advancing and promoting the practice of Aikido through various activities. The USAF registers Dan grades directly with Hombu headquarters, while standardizing all ranking requirements consistent with Hombu’s international regulations. The USAF also organizes, promotes and conducts Aikido demonstrations and international seminars, encourages activities of member dojos, and researches, studies and publishes information and materials pertaining to Aikido: http://usaikifed.com/
Ryushin Shouchi Ryu Iaijutsu is a school of kobudo (ancient martial art) specializing in Iaijutsu (quick-draw sword art) founded by Kawabata Terutaka. It’s origins can be traced to the 16th century to the sword schools of Katori and Kashima. The style comprises over 60 Iai kata (solo forms) and Iai kumitachi (paired forms with bokken). North Vancouver Aikikai is the regional HQ for Ryushin Shouchi Ryu Americas – BC Region and we are affiliated with RSR International and current Soke (headmaster) of the Ryushin Shouchi Ryu, Yahagi Kunikazu Sensei: http://ryushinshouchiryu.jp/
North Vancouver Aikikai
North Vancouver Aikikai is encorporated as a B.C. Registered not-for-profit Society registration number S-52265, dedicated to instruction in Traditional Aikido and Ryushin Shouchi Ryu Iaijutsu. Our objective is the perpetuation of traditional Budo literally Martial Way. NVA operates as a co-operative in which all members are required to help clean and maintain the dojo. There are no contracts of any kind, however, North Vancouver Aikikai is dependent upon its membership to pay our expenses. So as a member of the dojo, paying dues is an on-going commitment for as long as the individual wishes to practice at NVA.
Leaves of absence are discouraged however, each situation deserves individual attention that might allow for a lapse in membership. Traditional Dojos like North Vancouver Aikikai are not run as commercial ventures but rather as a cross between a house of worship and a gym, with features from both. There is a decorum that must be kept and part of that is no shoes, hats or cellphones in the dojo. We offer scholarships and sliding scale tuition for worthy individuals who are willing to commit to a regular program of practice.