Mountain Coast Aikikai is a not-for-profit martial art school in Vancouver, Canada.

Established in 1991, our mission is to promote the wellness and fitness of the whole person through a direct experience of training in Japanese budo and its related disciplines.  Our main technical focus includes:

Mountain Coast Aikikai offers a dynamic, knowledgeable, personally challenging and positive environment, where individuals from all walks of life can gain improvements in fitness, flexibility, calmness, self-discipline and mindfulness, through the dedicated study of these disciplines.

Our training approach is rooted in the practices of traditional Japanese martial discipline and technique, combined with insights from both ancient traditions and from the latest fitness and wellness research, to help participants build the connection between mind, body and spirit. Participants learn to embody the principles of dynamic and mindful movement through training in Aikido in Japanese swordsmanship, mindful awareness and meditation, in a focused, respectful and non-competitive atmosphere.

The school is committed to creating a safe and inclusive training environment, open to sincere persons, regardless of level of experience, age, gender-identity, race, faith, sexual orientation, or national origin.

Mountain Coast Aikikai is affiliated with Birankai International, Birankai North America,  Birankai Canada, Aikikai Hombu Dojo (Tokyo, Japan) and Ryushin Shouchi Ryu International (Tokyo, Japan).  Birankai North America and Birankai Canada organizations are officially recognized by the Aikikai Foundation – Aikido World Headquarters, Tokyo, Japan. Ryushin Shouchi Ryu Canada is recognized by Ryushin Shouchi Ryu International Headquarters (Tokyo, Japan).


CHIEF INSTRUCTOR  –  Jobe Groot, 6th dan, Shidoin

Jobe Groot Sensei is the founder and chief instructor of Mountain Coast Aikikai.  He has been actively training in martial arts, yoga, and mind-body practices for over 40 years.  Mr. Groot started Aikido in 1977, training both at the University of Victoria and Victoria Aikikai – initially with Gary Mols sensei, a student of S. Yoshioka Shihan of Hawaii and subsequently with F.I. Ishiyama sensei, after he became Chief Instructor of Victoria Aikikai in 1979.  Mr. Groot met Y. Kawahara Shihan at a seminar in Victoria in 1977, and in 1980 moved to Vancouver to continue his academic studies and to train with Kawahara Shihan.  He eventually became a close personal student of Kawahara Shihan and served as assistant and personal secretary for over 7 years.  Mr. Groot first encountered T.K. Chiba Shihan in 1983 and again in 1986. These meetings left a profound impression and from 1989 on, Mr. Groot trained at every opportunity under the guidance of Chiba Shihan.

Mr. Groot currently holds the Aikido rank of Rokudan (6th dan) and the teaching certification of Shidoin, both awarded by T.K. Chiba Shihan, and recognized by the Aikikai Foundation-Aikido World Headquarters and Birankai North America.  Mr. Groot also holds dan rank in Ryushin Shouchi Ryu Iaijutsu, awarded by Yahagi Kunikazu Soke, Headmaster of Ryushin Shouchi Ryu.

Mr. Groot founded Mountain Coast Aikikai in 1991 and has served as Chief Instructor of the school since it opened. He has served in a variety of roles in several Aikido organizations in Canada and the United States – serving as a former member of the Examination Committee of Birankai North America, a current Associate-member of the Birankai North America Senior Council. He is a Founding Director and serves as Chair of the Examination Committee of Birankai Canada and liaison to Aikikai Hombu Dojo on behalf of Birankai Canada. He is also a co-founder/co-director of Ryushin Shouchi Ryu Canada.

Mr. Groot maintains an active schedule of training and teaching, and continues to broaden his experience through periods of intensive study and research in other martial arts and mind-body disciplines.  He travels abroad regularly to attend and to instruct at seminars and training intensives in Canada, the United States, Europe and South-East Asia.