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Technical Direction

The Canadian Aikido Federation (of which we are a member) is under the Technical Direction of Osawa Shihan from Hombu dojo in Tokyo.

In Memory of Kawahara Shihan – (August 14, 1940, to June 2, 2011)

Kawahara Shihan passed away peacefully on June 2nd, 2011 at the age of 70.  He had an enormous influence on Aikido in Canada and his students miss him deeply.

Kawahara Shihan (8th Dan) was designated by the Hombu Dojo in Japan as their official representative to Canada.  He was the Technical Director of the Canadian Aikido Federation and the British Columbia Aikido Federation

Kawahara Shihan began Aikido in the 1950s as a student of Bansen Tanaka in Osaka.  Tanaka Shihan started studying with O’Sensei in 1935 and continued until the War.  After WWII he built the Osaka Aikikai in 1951 under O’Sensei’s direction.  O’Sensei would frequently stay in Osaka for extended periods during those years.

Before coming to Canada in 1975 Kawahara Shihan taught for a period in Taiwan.  His first 2 years in Canada were spent in Montreal but he relocated to the West Coast in 1977.  From that time he travelled extensively to encourage the growth of Aikido in Canada.  He also taught a yearly summer camp in British Columbia that draws participants from across the continent as well as from overseas.  The first of these camps was held in 1979 in the small town of New Denver.  Since that time the camp has grown and included such guest instructors as the present Doshu, and Shihan’s Fujita, Miyamoto, Masuda, and Osawa from Hombu dojo as well as North American Shihan’s Yamada, Kanai, Chiba, Tohei, and Sugano.

“As a public school teacher I can attest to the many benefits Aikido provides to children: safe and fun physical exercise, positive friendships, and the role modeling of respectful, responsible behavior. Instructors in the Victoria Aikido Centre’s popular children's Aikido program create a non-competitive, fun environment with clear, structured rules of behavior.”

Mark B