Training at Hombu Dojo, Tokyo

Canada Day, July 1st, 2020, we are honoured to receive recognition by Hombu Dojo – Aikikai World Headquarters.

At Hombu you will receive instruction from The Founder's grandson, Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba and great-grandson, Dojo-cho Mitsuteru Ueshiba. You have the opportunity to share the love and passion of aikido with people from around the world and bring what you experience and learn back home to your dojo.

All active members holding the rank of 4th Dan or above have trained at Hombu Dojo. The CAA encourages all members to visit Japan and train at Hombu.

All are welcome to join the pilgrimage to the source of aikido.



CAA executive attended Kagami Biraki.

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Included a training trip to Vietnam.

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East Van, Abbotsford and Winnipeg attended.

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Included a training trip to Beijing.

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East Van, Abbostford and Winnipeg attended.

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This fund may change a child's narrative, and we are aware of the privilege.


Strathcona Community Centre is home to a weekly after-school art program, for community children.

Starting in 2012 the grant has raised over $20,000.00 for The James Paul Martin Memorial Grant.

100% of revenue generated through weekly classes and seminars attended by East Van and Downtown Van Aikikai is directed to the Grant to support the program.

Paul Martin Sensei, a previous president of the BC Aikido Federation and a senior member of the British Columbia and Canadian Aikido community, passed away August 25, 2012. Paul greatly influenced many students and friends. To honour his memory, East Van and Downtown Van Aikikai, with the blessing and support of Paul's family and close friends, established The James Paul Martin Memorial Grant.

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Member Dojos

All CAA members and dojos are insured and the majority of instructors have either visited and/or lived in Japan and trained at the World Headquarters (Hombu Dojo) Tokyo, Japan.

All kyu and dan ranks are registered through Hombu Dojo, certificates issued directly from The Aikikai World Headquarters in Tokyo. These ranks are recognized at all Aikikai affiliated dojos worldwide.


The goal of the Hope/Manning Park seminars is to foster friendship in an inclusive environment.


June, our 4th Manning Park Gasshuku, CAA dojos welcomed Hombu Dojo instructor, Namba Shihan. We ate like kings and trained like warriors. A great weekend with a great instructor.

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May, 2nd Manning Park Gasshuku, CAA dojos were honored to receive guidance from Hombu Dojo instructor, Katsurada Shihan. An amazing opportunity to take our Aikido to another level.

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Held in West Vancouver in a unique outdoor "dojo". This seminar welcomed top Yoshinakn instructor Robert Mustard and many Yoshinakn Aikidoka.

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Held on Thetis Island, home of Little Island Aikikai. Located in the Gulf Islands between Vancouver Island and the mainland. This seminar led to us getting Islander status.

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Hope is a gateway destination to British Columbia's most diverse scenery. $25.00 got you classes and a BBQ to kick off something great.

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