Ishu Ishiyama, 7 dan, Shihan

Vancouver West Aikikai

Ishiyama Shihan is the Chief Instructor of Vancouver West Aikikai. Originally from Osaka, Japan, he has studied Aikido since 1968 with master teachers, including Bansen Tanaka (Osaka Aikikai), Kanai, Kawahara, Yamada, Tohei, and Chiba Shihans, and more recently Tada Shihan in Japan. He has been teaching Aikido in Canada since 1973. He is interested in fostering personal and spiritual development among his students and creating a mature dojo community while pursuing intense martial awareness and technical accuracy in training.

Cecil Paris, 6 dan

Coquitlam Aikikai Taku Dojo

Cecil Paris Sensei has been practicing Aikido since 1972. He has taught at New Westminster Aikikai for over 30 Years, which has recently been relocated and renamed Coquitlam Aikikai Taku Dojo. He was a close personal student of Kawahara Shihan. His philosophy is that through dedicated training and practice on and off the mat, in weapons and Aikido forms one develops the essence of Aikido.

Scott Macphail, 6 dan

Victoria Aikikai

Scott Macphail Sensei has been practicing and teaching for over 40 years, starting with Gary Mols at UVic, continuing with Ishiyama Sensei, Kawahara Shihan, and now Osawa Shihan.  In 1986, Macphail Sensei became chief instructor of Victoria Aikikai.  He has attended summer camps and seminars taught by a variety of Shihan.  For several months he lived and practiced In Japan.

Bob Moline, 6 dan

Victoria Aikikai

Moline Sensei joined Victoria Aikikai (Ishiyama Sensei) in 1979. When Ishiyama Sensei moved to Vancouver he continued under his successor, Macphail Sensei. He moved to Dryden in 1990 and started Dryden Aikikai. On his return to Victoria in 2005 he rejoined Victoria Aikikai.

Hilary Dawson, 6 dan

UVic Aikido Club

Hilary started with Judo in university and switched to Aikido in 1977 in Halifax. After moving to Victoria, she continued her training under the guidance of Kawahara Shihan and was a direct student of Ishiyama Shihan for 7 years. She has taught childrens, beginners and womens programmes. Since 1987 she has been the chief instructor at the University of Victoria.

Liz McKinlay, 5 dan

Vancouver West Aikikai

Liz McKinlay has trained with Ishiyama Sensei since 1979, and is VWA’s Deputy Dojo-Cho. Liz instructs the popular Children’s Classes.  She did 6 years of judo before switching to Aikido. Liz worked for over 30 years in Human Resources using the Aikido principles of harmony and blending to handle the stresses of collective bargaining, grievances and workplace conflict.

Bruce Riddick, 5 dan

Vancouver West Aikikai

Bruce has been training for over 30 years. His principal instructors have been Macphail Sensei, Paris Sensei, Kawahara Shihan and Ishiyama Shihan. He regularly attends 8 to 12 intensive training workshops per year in Canada, the US and overseas with a wide range of well-known master instructors. He is primarily interested in helping others and emphasizes harmony while still paying attention to details.

Pat Olson, 5 dan

Okanagan Aikikai

Pat Olson started training in Saskatoon in 1981 under Makoto Ohtsu. After moving to Kelowna, Pat trained with Jobe Groot who opened Okanagan Aikikai and subsequently with Kawahara Shihan and now Osawa Shihan.

Peter Helmer, 5 dan

Grandview Bench Aikikai

Peter Helmer began with Gerry Geisler in Winfield BC in 1985 and continued with Jobe Groot when Kelowna Aikikai was born (now Okanagan Aikikai). Kawahara Shihan gave Peter permission to start a dojo in Vernon BC around 1989. Peter was promoted shodan in 1994 and promoted 5th dan in 2013.

Mike Chin, 5 dan

SanShuKan Aikikai Victoria

Mike has been training for over 30 years in a variety of martial arts, but principally in Aikido. His primary instructors have been Macphail Sensei, Ishiyama Shihan, Kawahara Shihan and now Osawa Shihan. Mike believes through understanding Technique and exercise of the Body, martial arts training cultivates true humanity, recognizable by its strength and compassion – that is, by the disposition of its Heart.

John Petersen, 5 dan

Shawnigan Lake Aikikai

John Petersen Sensei has been practicing for over 30 years under Gary Mols Sensei, Ishiyama Shihan, Macphail and Moline Senseis. He attended many of Kawahara Shihan’s seminars over the years as well as seminars from international instructors.

Mike Smorhay, 5 dan

Simon Fraser Aikikai

Michael Smorhay has been practicing Aikido since 1982, first with Liz McKinlay in Terrace and then with Macphail Sensei, Larry Detweiler and Moline Senseis in Victoria. Always under the watchful eyes of Kawahara Shihan and Ishiyama Shihan, Michael first taught at the University of Victoria, and then in Vancouver upon opening the Simon Fraser University Aikido Club in 1996.

Kim Riddick, 5 dan

North Delta Aikikai

Kim Riddick has practiced Aikido for more than 30 years. His most influential teachers are Kawahara Shihan and Osawa Shihan. He practiced at Hombu Dojo for three years, attending classes by Doshu, Seki, Miyamoto, and Osawa Shihans. Kim believes that Aikido enhances your quality of life by moving your body and working with a partner. Becoming proficient in Aikido, you improve your well-being and have a positive influence on others.

Ralph Kopperson, 4 dan

Victoria Aikikai (inactive)

Ralph Kopperson has been practicing Aikido for 40 years. He began in Victoria (Ishiyama Sensei, Kawahara Sensei, Macphail Sensei). He taught beginner classes at the Victoria main dojo for many years, also attending many seminars over the years.

Zoran Krunic, 4 dan

Vancouver Aikikai

Zoran Krunic has been practicing Aikido for over 30 years. He studied under Fujimoto Shihan and, after moving to Canada, under Kawahara Shihan. In the course of his Aikido studies he attended many seminars by leading Aikido teachers, including Tada Sensei and Tamura Sensei. He is the chief instructor of Vancouver Aikikai.

"Aiki is not a technique to fight with or defeat the enemy. It is the way to reconcile the world and make human beings one family."

- O’Sensei