Bow in January 2018 seminar featuring Yamada, Bernath and Posluns Shihan When I started my first dojo in San Francisco in 1992, I had no idea what would happen in future, how long I would be able to stay in the US and how it would work out for a Canadian to live in the…Read more Changing of the Guard
Ever since I started my first dojo in 1992, in the middle of January, we observe the Japanese tradition of New Year Celebration, known as Kagami Biraki. We make fresh Kagami Mochi (pounded sweet rice cakes) just prior to the end of the year. A special offering is made on the Kamiza (dojo shinto shrine)…Read more Kagami Biraki
As we don't have colored obi (belt) to differentiate kyu rank hierarchy, either white or black belt is worn, there is no outward sign of rank until Shodan (1st Degree Black Belt) which is really just the beginning and not the ending place. We look at grading as an opportunity to consolidate the students repertoire…Read more Kyu Grading
It is not enough to merely watch and then regurgitate Aikido techniques in terms of how we practice. We say in Budo you have to steal your techniques from your teacher or other senior instructors. You can not spoon feed Aikido or any real Budo to students, it just doesn't work and ultimately you just…Read more Learning to Steal Aikido!
Mitsunari Kanai Sensei (1939-2004) Portrait: Lyn Flitton As March comes around every year I start to think about Kanai Sensei and his passing now almost 13 years ago. I was never a direct student of Sensei's in terms of my day to day practice, but he always treated me as such, which meant a lot…Read more The Techniques of Mitsunari Kanai Shihan
Membership 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…Read more Membership and Programs