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Some Preliminaries

I am not really sure when I first met Kazuo Chiba Sensei (to be referred to mainly hereinafter – with no disrespect at all intended – as CS). The place was in Chiswick, a suburb of London, at a dojo in Airdale Avenue called the Aikikai of Great Britain. The time was in the early 1970s and I was only in the third or fourth year of my aikido training. I was a student at Sussex University and travelling to this dojo involved a lengthy commute, with several changes of train. So I did not do it very often. However, I did it often enough to form some recollections of the other students and the type of training. Among the fearsome looking yudansha there was a Japanese student, named Minoru Kanetsuka (hereinafter MK), who sported a goatee beard and used to practice blindfold striking a jo against one of the pillars that supported the building – which also included a bowling alley.

martinMartin Gianini was born in the United States, and he arrived in Ireland about 2000. A charming intelligent man with a gift for music and communication, he was soon adopted into the Irish Aikido Federation, with whom he practiced and trained to the level of assistant instructor. He and Goska moved to Poland in 2012 and were planning to establish a premaculture centre there.

Martin, as a member of the Irish group at the 2012 Congress in Tokyo, was first introduced to the IAF in a noodle shop near Yoyogi Park, where he met Gen. Sec. Kei Izawa and voluntered his services.

IAF receives many inquiries regarding the procedure as to how to become a member. Please find in the documents linked below our criteria as well as some instructions guiding you to prepare the application. Also, as the membership acceptance is processed at the IAF Congress only every four years (next one in September 2020) and we need to provide ample time to the member federations to give due considerations, please start taking actions soon if you are interested.

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The International Aikido Federation (IAF) is a federation of aikido organisations which are directly affiliated to the Aikikai Hombu in Japan, the ‘mother house’ of Aikido.

It is the only worldwide federation of such Aikido organisations and at present it has 49 members.

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It is greatly deplorable that Shigenobu Okumura Shihan passed away on 12th 20, 2008.

The funeral rites takes place at 12:30 on August 16th (Sat) at a Koekisha, Yoga-kaikan, 3-6-8 Seta, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo.  (Phone: + 81-3-5491-3070; Fax: + 81-3-5491-7521)

(The vigil takes place at 18:00 on August 15th (Fri) at the same place.)

Praying for the repose of his soul,

Hiroshi Somemiya
IAF General Secretary

We are asked by his family to refrain from presenting flowers.

It is with deep regret that I have to announce Mr Kenneth Edward Cottier Shihan, 7th dan, passed away on June 8th at the age of 74.

It is with deep regret that I have to announce Mr Paul CN Lee, the President of the ROC Aikido Association, passed away on January 20th at the age of 89.

The funeral rites takes place on January 31 in Taipei.

Praying for the repose of his soul,

Hiroshi Somemiya
IAF General Secretary

Giorgio Veneri was born on 25 February 1937. He began practicing judo at the age of fourteen and continued this through university.

After completing his education he became a teacher of mathematics, but still continued judo. In 1964 Veneri met an aikido teacher, Motokage Kawamukai, and began to practice. With the arrival of Hiroshi Tada in Italy in 1965, Veneri abandoned judo and devoted his whole attention to aikido. He was one of the founder members of the Aikikai of Italy and became one of its earliest yudansha in 1968. He was promoted to 6th dan in 1994.

The secret of Aikido, said Osensei, "is to harmonize ourselves with the movement of the universe and bring ourselves into accord with the universe itself." This is, of course, easier said than done. Still, I find Osensei's perspective to be rewarding in Aikido practice, as well as remarkably accurate even from a scientific viewpoint.

For Aikido not to be but an execution of smart tricks to fell an opponent, or an ever so pleasant physical exercise where two persons push each other around (although this is in itself quite amusing), we have to concentrate on the mysterious visions that were Osensei's. Then we notice a sweet accord between the ideals of Aikido and the cosmic world order. In fact, the principles of Aikido fit very well with the modern astronomical theories.


Aikido Doshu Kisshomaru Ueshiba, 1921-1999



In celebration of International Women’s Day, IAF has compiled a summary article based on best practices and viewpoints gathered from its members and Aikido practitioners all around the world on how dojos can continue to encourage women to take up Aikido in the spirit of inclusivity (this also extends to the disabled and the practice of Aikido in other cultures).

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The next IAF Children and Youth Aikido Seminar will be held in the Netherlands in November. To share best practices, we thus kickstart a series of articles with this first feature on the running of an Aikido program for children by Filippin Renato shihan and his wife Amadea Thoma at their dojo in St. Gallen, tucked in the mountainous region of Switzerland.

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Aikido, as a martial art, is also a good study of energy, yours and your opponent’s, and in a larger context can be applied to life and leadership. You may already be practicing some of the skills mentioned in this article; a mental-physical practice like aikido can help you to fine tune these skills further.

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