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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.

For further inquiries please contact IAF's General Secretary at the contact address below:

Wilko Vriesman
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IAF Membership Documents



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.

International Aikido Federation

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