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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



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