Welcome to Isshinkan Aikido

About Us


The name Aikido is composed of three Japanese words: ai, meaning harmony; ki, energy; and do, the path, system or way. Aikido is the way of harmony.  A martial arts  studied for self-defense using the philosophy of non-resistance.

Aikido is Efficient

Aikido uses the opponent’s strength and momentum against themselves - to throw or lock them. This is the principle of "Ju no ri," when the opponent pushes, the defender pulls, and when pulled, the defender pushes. 

Aikido Principles

Aikido uses maii (combative distance) and tai sabaki (efficient movement) or atemi (striking) to achieve kuzushi (unbalancing) over one's partner to achieve a throw or lock. The aim is always to find the path of least resistance and maximum efficiency.

Contact Us

Better yet, see us in person!

Drop in for a practise session, or email us at isshinkanaikido@yahoo.com

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Isshinkan Aikido Dojo

Kerrisdale Community Center, 5851 West Boulevard, Vancouver, B.C.

(604) 257-8100

Class Hours

Monday and Friday 7pm-8:30pm

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