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.
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 Canada and we are affiliated with RSR International and current Soke (headmaster) of the Ryushin Shouchi Ryu, Yahagi Kunikazu Sensei: http://ryushinshouchiryu.ca/
North Vancouver Aikikai is incorporated 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 Adult’s 18 or over who are worthy individuals who are willing to commit to a full program of practice (4 days per week participation is required).
The United States Aikido Federation (USAF) is a not-for-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. NVA is a member in good standing with the USAF.