Hope Invitational

The goal of the Hope Invitational aikido seminar is to foster friendship and promote aikido in an inclusive, fun, and safe environment. We invite senior instructors from various organizations and affiliations in order to promote collaboration in practice. We are fortunate to have hosted senior instructors from the CAF including Ishiyama, McPhail, and St.Germain Senseis. We have also been fortunate to have the instruction of Posluns Sensei from the USAF, Tamami Sensei from Shoheijuku, Art May Sensei from Aikido of Honolulu, and our own Tony Hind Sensei from the CAA.

The 1st Hope Invitational was held July 23rd, 2011 in beautiful Hope, B.C. at the confluence of two rivers between the Coast mountain range and Cascade mountain range. Hope is a gateway destination to British Columbia's most diverse scenery. It's all too easy to bypass this small, vibrant community but savvy aikidoists know to stay awhile. $25 got you three classes, a barbecue and pints to celebrate the start of something great.

The 2nd Annual was hosted on Saturday, August 4th, 2012 by Fraser Valley Aikikai in Abbotsford a short distance away from the Coastal Mountains. Sprawling farmland and the imposing Fraser River provided an ideal setting for the after-party in Mission featuring a whole suckling BBQ pig, nomihodai (bottomless pints) and live music.

The 3rd Annual in July 2013 was held on Thetis Island, home of our amazing host Little Island Aikikai. Located in the Gulf Islands between Vancouver Island and the mainland of B.C., island life on Thetis is relaxed, rural and peaceful. We awoke to locally produced artisan goat cheese, breads, herbs and freshly roasted coffee. This three-day event led to us getting the coveted Islander status, a title rarely given to outsiders.

The 4th Annual in July 2014 was headquartered in a valley of stunning beauty at the Zupan Family Estate in Osoyoos. Participants pitched tents on this waterfront acreage which is framed by sunny blue skies, vineyards, and orchards. After Friday and Saturday classes we dove into the warmest fresh water lake in Canada followed by wine master John Zupan’s finest award winning wines and private reserve worm wood grappa!

The 5th was postponed due to the Miyamoto Shihan seminar.

The 6th annual was held in West Vancouver. Shaded by cedars and alders with the sounds of a running brook in the background, this unique outdoor "dojo" made for a great venue. The after party, which made "The Top Ten Things To Do this Summer on Vancouver's North Shore", featured authentic slow cooked Cuban style pulled pork and craft beers.

Seminar featured Robert Mustard and many Yoshinakn Aikidoka.

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