Moriteru Ueshiba

Grandson of O'Sensei

The current Doshu



O Sensei


Kissshomaru Ueshiba

Son of O'sensei

The Second Doshu

(Keeper of the way)



Aikido is a relatively new Japanese martial art that was founded in the early 1900's by Morihei Ueshiba, commonly known as O Sensei (Grand Master). O Sensei studied many different martial arts and developed Aikido after a spiritual awakening. Thus he would say: "Aikido is the study of the spirit".

Aikido is actually three words put together: Ai means harmonize or blend. Ki means life sustaining breath energy. Do means path or the way.

Aikido could then be defined as: To travel the path of blending living energy within oneself (mind, body, spirit) and with others.

Aikido is a true Budo or "Martial Way." It has evolved in the historic tradition of Japanese warrior arts. It must be understood that Budo is more than a science of tactics and self-defense. It is a tool for looking at how one fits in the larger world ; it is a discipline for perfecting the spirit.

The benefits of Aikido training are many. Stretching the muscles and joints help strengthen the body. The concentration and learning of physical movement relieves mental stress. The focus on the life energy brings one closer to one's inner self.


The members of Okanagan Aikikai are committed to practicing the Aikido of Kawahara Sensei, Shihan, Former Technical Director of the Canadian Aikido Federation and Member of the North America Technical Committee


"Always practice the Art of Peace in a vibrant and joyful manner."

-- Quote by Morihei Ueshiba 1883-1969


Kawahara Sensei, Shihan

8th Dan

Past Technical Director

of the

Canadian Aikido Federation


We are saddened to announce the untimely passing of Kawahara Sensei, Shihan. His struggle with cancer ended Thursday June 2, 2011.

Kawahra Sensei was an inspiration to all...his Aiki shone pure till the end.


We will miss you Sensei.