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.
Ralph Kopperson practiced Aikido for more than 40 years. He began in Victoria (Ishiyama Sensei, Kawahara Sensei, Macphail Sensei). He taught beginner classes at the Victoria main dojo for many years, attending seminars and summer camps.
"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."