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

Established in 1991, our mission is to promote the fitness of the whole person and foster non-violent approaches to conflict resolution, through a direct experience of training in Japanese martial arts and their 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 the latest findings and insights from fitness and wellness research, to help participants build the connection between mind, body and spirit. Participants learn to embody the principles of Aikido and Japanese swordsmanship in a dynamic, energetic, focused, respectful and non-competitive atmosphere.

Membership in Mountain Coast Aikikai 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 Kempo training at the age of 18, and discovered Aikido at the age of 20, training at the University of Victoria and at Victoria Aikikai with Gary Mols sensei, a student of S. Yoshioka Shihan of Hawaii.  In 1979, F.I. Ishiyama Sensei became chief instructor of Victoria Aikikai and Mr. Groot began a period of intensive Aikido training at Victoria Aikikai and with Y. Kawahara Shihan at Vancouver Aikikai.  Mr. Groot trained for over 10 years with Y. Kawahara Shihan, as a close personal student and assistant.  Mr. Groot met T.K. Chiba shihan in 1983 and again in 1986, and from 1990 on, Mr. Groot became a dedicated student of Chiba Shihan.

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 is a former member of the Examination Committee of Birankai North America and currently serves as an Associate Member of the Senior Council of Birankai North America, is a founding director of Birankai Canada (serving as Secretary-Treasurer and Chair of the Examination Committee) and a founding co-director of Ryushin Shouchi Ryu Canada.

Mr. Groot continues to broaden his experience through regular periods of intensive study in other martial arts and mind-body disciplines.  He travels regularly and has taught seminars in Canada, United States, Europe and South-East Asia.