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 has been actively training in martial arts, yoga, and mind-body practices for over 40 years.  He started training in Judo and Shorinji Kempo in his teens and discovered Aikido at the age of 20, training at the University of Victoria and at Victoria Aikikai, initially with Gary Mols sensei, a student of S. Yoshioka Shihan of Hawaii and subsequently with F.I. Ishiyama sensei, who became Chief Instructor of Victoria Aikikai in 1979.  Mr. Groot met Y. Kawahara Shihan in 1977 and eventually became a close personal student and served and assistant to Kawahara sensei, for over 7 years.  Mr. Groot met T.K. Chiba Shihan in 1983 and again in 1986, and from the early 1990’s on, trained extensively under the guidance of Chiba sensei.

Mr. Groot currently holds the Aikido rank of rokudan (6th dan) from the Aikikai Foundation, awarded by T.K. Chiba Shihan, as well as the teaching certification of Shidoin (certified instructor) from Birankai North America.  He also holds dan rank in Ryushin Shouchi Ryu Iaijutsu, awarded by Yahagi Kunikazu Soke, Headmaster of Ryushin Shouchi Ryu.

Mountain Coast Aikikai was founded by Mr. Groot in 1991, and he has served there as Chief Instructor since the dojo opened.  He has served in various capacities in a number of Aikido organizations in Canada and the United States.  He is a former member of the Examination Committee of Birankai North America, currently serves as an Associate Member of the Senior Council of Birankai North America, and is a founding director of Birankai Canada (currently serving as Secretary-Treasurer, Chair of the Examination Committee and Birankai Canada liaison to Aikikai Hombu Dojo). He is also a co-founder of the Ryushin Shouchi Ryu Canada organization.

Mr. Groot trains and teaches actively and continues to broaden his experience through periods of intensive study in a variety of martial arts and mind-body disciplines.  He travels abroad regularly to attend and teach at seminars and training intensives and has taught at dojos and regional events in Canada, the United States, Europe and South-East Asia.