Ryushin Shouchi Ryu Iaijutsu Seminar

Ryushin Shouchi Ryu Iaijutsu (柳 心 照 智 流) is a school of Japanese swordsmanship, a kobudo (ancient martial art) focused on Iaijutsu (quick-draw sword art) founded by Kawabata Terutaka in 2006. The origins of Ryushin Shouchi Ryu can be traced to Tenshinsho Jigen Ryu, which was founded around the Eiroku era (1558 – 1570) as a branch tradition of Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto Ryu.

The curriculum of Ryushin Shouchi Ryu comprises over 60 Iai kata (型 or 形 literally: “form”/”pattern”) and dynamic Iai kumitachi (組太刀)(meaning “crossing/meeting of swords”).

Dominique Pierre, Jobe Groot, Yahagi Soke, Joel Posluns, Tiki Shewan

North Vancouver Aikikai is the regional HQ for Ryushin Shouchi Ryu Canada – we are affiliated with RSR International and current Soke (headmaster) of the Ryushin Shouchi Ryu, Yahagi Kunikazu Sensei: ryushinshouchiryu.com

On October 7, 8,  & 9, NVA held an annual seminar featuring Yahagi Sensei and RSR practitioners from Europe, US and Canada.  Grading for Kyu and Dan Ranks were held at North Vancouver Aikikai and an Embu was performed at the Rogers Plaza in the Lower Lonsdale area just two blocks from the dojo.  The following video material was from the seminar grading and public demonstration.

Kyu Grading

Shodan Grading

Nidan Grading

Yondan Grading

Embu 2017

As well as instructing and demonstrating Ryushin Shouchi Ryu Iaijutsu, Yahagi Sensei’s visit to Vancouver BC was an excellent opportunity to experience one of the activities that makes the lower mainland famous around the world, Salmon Fishing.

Fishing Excursion pictures taken by Jobe Groot.

A spectacular Chinook, absolutely gorgeous but we let it go because it was a wild salmon that was needed to help repopulate the Capalano River where Salmon stocks have been greatly reduced in the last number of years.

Jobe Groot, Yahagi Soke, Joel Posluns

For more information on Ryshin Shouchi Ryu Canada, please go to the website.

Membership and Programs


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.



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. Evneryone in the dojo attends these classes.

Advanced Taijutsu

Advanced Classes will provide a more comprehensive approach to Aikido practice. Participants in this class need to proficient in their Ukemi, there is no rank requirement but instructor permission is required for unranked members.

Weapons (Bokken & Jo)

Wooden Sword and Staff 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 (including tanto – wooden knife).


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.

We offer classes Wednesdays 7 – 8:30 pm and Sundays 9 – 10:30 am plus open matt Mondays to Thursdays 4 – 5 pm including special training 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.