CHIEF INSTRUCTOR

Jobe Groot,  Shihan, 6th Dan

Founder and Chief Instructor, Mountain Coast Aikikai

Jobe Groot Sensei has been actively involved in the study and practice of Aikido, Japanese swordsmanship, skills-based fitness & conditioning and mind-body integration practices, for over four decades. 

Groot Sensei began his study of Aikido in 1977 at Victoria Aikikai with Gary Mols Sensei, a student of S. Yoshioka Shihan. From 1979 on, he trained as a close personal student of both F.I. Ishiyama Shihan and Y. Kawahara Shihan (Technical Director of the Canadian Aikido Federation) for over 14 years.  In 1985, he opened the Okanagan Aikikai – Kelowna dojo where he served as Chief Instructor for two years. Returning to Vancouver in 1987, he served as assistant instructor to Kawahara Sensei at Vancouver Aikikai and at the University of British Columbia, from 1987 to 1991.  In 1991, he was invited to open Richmond Aikikai (renamed Mountain Coast Aikikai in 2000), where he has served as Chief Instructor since the dojo opened.

Groot Sensei had several memorable encounters with T.K. Chiba Shihan in the mid-1980s, and from 1989 on, traveled frequently to train under the direction of Chiba Sensei.  In 2005, Groot Sensei formally affiliated with Birankai North America.

In addition to his long-time study and practice of Aikido and Japanese swordsmanship, Groot Sensei has pursued periods of intensive study several mind-body fitness disciplines, as well as academic study in human physiology & performance, skills-based fitness & conditioning.

Groot Sensei is a member of the Senior Council of Birankai North America, and a former member of the Examination Committee of Birankai North America. He serves as a Director and the current Secretary-Treasurer of Birankai Canada. 

Groot Sensei currently holds the rank of Rokudan (6th dan) and the teaching certification of Shihan (master instructor) in Aikido and the rank of Sandan (3rd Dan) in Ryushin Shouchi Ryu Iaijutsu. He has taught at seminars and training intensives across Canada, USA, Europe, and South-East Asia.