CHIEF INSTRUCTOR:  Jobe Groot, 6th Dan, Shidoin

Jobe Groot sensei has been actively training in Aikido and Japanese Swordsmanship for over 40 years and has been a student of martial arts, yoga, meditation and mind-body training disciplines for more than 45 years.  He currently holds the Aikido rank of Rokudan (6th degree black belt) and teaching certification of Shidoin (certified instructor) in Aikido, awarded by T. Kazuo Chiba Shihan and recognized by Aikikai Hombu Dojo - Aikido World Headquarters and Birankai International.  He also holds the rank of Nidan (2nd degree black belt) in Ryushin Shouchi Ryu Iaijutsu, awarded by Yahagi Kunikazu, Headmaster of the Ryushin Shouchi Ryu.

Mr. Groot serves as an associate member of the Senior Council of Birankai North America, a member of the Teachers' Council and a former member of the Examination Committee of Birankai North America.
He is a founding director, and current Secretary-Treasurer of Birankai Canada and is a founder and Co-Director of Ryushin Shouchi Ryu Canada.

In addition to training in Aikido and Japanese Swordsmanship (specifically Iai Batto-ho, Iaido, Kenjutsu and more recently, Ryushin Shouchi Ryu Iaijutsu), Mr. Groot is a long-time practitioner and student of Zazen (Zen Buddhist meditation), Hatha Yoga, and variety of other mind-body fitness disciplines.

Groot sensei travels periodically to train and teach seminars and workshops and has instructed at seminars and training intensives in Canada, United States, Europe and South-East Asia.


Selected classes at Mountain Coast Aikikai are taught by assistant instructors.  All of our assistant instructors are holders of black belt rank in Aikido, recognized by Aikikai Hombu Dojo - Aikido World Headquarters and Birankai International.

Assistant instructors at Mountain Coast Aikikai are:

  • Mr. Ramin Arvin,  5th Dan Aikido (Aikikai, Birankai)
  • Mr. Ed Ko,  2nd Dan Aikido (Aikikai, Birankai)