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We are pleased to have a number of senior Aikido Women helming and leading important initiatives at IAF. Here, we speak to three women, who chair the IAF’s working groups:
Lydia Zijdel - Chairperson of the IAF Disability Working Group, Satomi Ishikawa - Co-Chairperson of the IAF Gender Balance Working Group, and Lijnie Reijers - Chairperson of the IAF Youth Working Group, to get their perspectives on their experience as women aikidokas, the path for women in Aikido and their hopes for the future.

Interview AikidoWomen Lydia

Plovdiv, European Capital of Culture in 2019, will celebrate Aikido with the International Seminar & Embukai conducted by Tsuruzo Miyamoto Shihan, in April. This project aims to develop and promote the Japanese culture and values and it has been set to be the Ambassador of Aikido for Plovdiv 2019.

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IAF continues the series of International Aikido Youth Seminars. Bulgaria is the next country to host and organize the third event dedicated to children and teenagers that love to practice Aikido. The seminar will be conducted by Hino Terumasa 5th Dan Hombu Dojo Shidoin, during the 19th and the 21st of July 2019, in Varna, Bulgaria.

Youth BG Website

Two new Aikido umbrella organizations are to be created after the meetings the IAF representatives had with several Aikido organizations in Turkey and Saudi Arabia, this week.

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(Meeting in Turkey)

Saudi Arabia 2

(Meeting in Saudi Arabia)

The IAF Gender Balance Working Group invited Miyuki Kumazawa Sensei in Europe to celebrate the International Women’s Day. Miyuki Kumazawa 6th Dan Sensei is part of Aikikai Japan and she will conduct seminars in Netherland and Belgium under IAF aegis.

Kumazawa Miyuki NL poster 2019

The website of a new Aikido project has just been launched: www.skillai.eu . The project is called SKILLAI and it is funded by the EU Erasmus+. The aim of the project is to introduce Aikido as a skill development tool for young people. The first three countries within this project are Slovenia, Hungary and Netherland.

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The IWGA Athlete of the Year event went through the first round and Renato Filippin Shihan, who I nominated, came to number 11 among the other entries, so our participation this year will not go any further. We would like to congratulate those other athletes from other sports, who have moved to the following stage and I personally would like to thank all those Aikidokas and friends who voted for Renato Filippin Shihan who received a significant volume of support from many people!

Renato Filippin youth

The main hall at Hombu Dojo was entirely full on the occasion of the Kagami-Biraki ceremony of 2019. There were people who came from far away countries to attend this event. 742 Aikidoka were promoted to a new Yudansha Aikido Aikikai rank. Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba conducted the ceremony and also held an Embukai. 

 

For the first time, two wheelchair using Aikido teachers taught together in Aikido clinics in Europe. Lydia Zijdel, the Chairperson of the Disability Working Group of the IAF, from Netherland, and Molly Hale, member of the same working group, from USA, organized a tour where they taught together in Netherland. This event was organized in cooperation with Aikikai Netherland, under the aegis of IAF.

“Everyone has a spirit that can be refined, a body that can be trained in some manner, a suitable path to follow.”
Morihei Ueshiba

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International World Games Association will launch the session for designation of the Athlete of the Year 2018 on the 1st of January 2019. The nominated person to represent Aikido is Renato Filippin Shihan 7 Dan.

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The Annual Aikido Seminar in Netherland, that is conducted by female instructors, run its course full well. Women and also men gathered to practice together on tatami.

Netherland Female 2018

Uruguay gathered a lot of active people yesterday, in Canelones, for the Nanairo Ekiden event. "It was a pleasant surprise to see that even though there were a lot of loud expressing spectators, during the Aikido demonstration everybody turned quiet and paid attention to what was happening on the tatami." said Lilamani de Soysa, from the University of Tsukuba, present at the event.

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Slovenia hosted a very punctilious and fruitful international aikido seminar. It was conducted by three women who love aikido very much and show this through their dedication on the tatami and beyond: Nadia Korichi, 4th Dan, Satomi Ishikawa, 4th Dan, and Staša Pisek, 3rd Dan. The seminar was in Ljubljana, during the 11th – 13th of May. Boštjan Kenda was one of the participants at this seminar and was very kind to share the impressions upon the International Aikido Female Instructors Seminar.

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Satomi Ishikawa Sensei, Staša Pisek Sensei and Nadia Korichi Sensei

Kosice will be the heart city of the 24-hour International Aikido Marathon this year. 14 instructors from 7 countries will conduct the trainings of this event, during the 6th-7th of October 2018.

marathon kosice 2018

11 female instructors from 7 countries conducted the trainings of the annual Female Instructor Seminar in Buenos Aires. This was the 3rd edition of the event that is meant not only to promote female instructors, but also to unite different Aikikai federations in whole Argentina.

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The Swedish anniversary Aikido event - Gothenburg International Shochugeiko & 50 years of Aikido - has just started today. It is a time of joy celebrated in two intensive weeks of Takemusu Aikido, during July 2–7 and July 9–13. Gothenburg Aikido Club organizes every summer a session of trainings at the warmest time of the year, but now there is an extra celebration due to the fact that Ulf Evenås Shihan, who has been the supervisor of Gothenburg Aikido Club, marks his 50th year in Aikido.

Ulf Evenas

How to make practical progress to achieve gender balance and equity in Aikido? At the Second Aikido and Gender Day 2018, the participant aikidoka dealt with this question from different angles. In various ways, from Aikido training to workshops and interactive dialogues, they identified a rich collection of items which may serve as 'building blocks' for an agenda for further work.

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Katarina Gullberg, Chairperson, Swedish Aikikai

We will soon be celebrating the 8th of March, the International Women's Day. Since its foundation in 2016 in Takasaki, the IAF Gender Balance Working Group has been actively supporting the gender balance in the world of Aikido. Although Aikido is for everyone, the gender balance is still one side up, especially in the field of leadership - there are far less high-ranking female instructors and board members than the male equivalent.

Patricia Women Aikido

The traditional Kagami-Biraki ceremony was held at Hombu Dojo, the Aikido World Headquarters, in Tokyo/Japan, on the 14th of January 2018. 941 people were awarded Dan promotions. Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba offered an embukai on this occasion.

Doshu's Demonstration

The first IAF’s Youth International Seminar took place in Netherlands at mid November. Over 270 children attended the seminar that was conducted by Eiji Katsurada Hombu Dojo Shihan. The young aikidoka came from Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Slovenia, Russia, Germany, Switzerland and Netherlands.

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After a hiatus of 4 years after the World Combat Games in St. Petersburg, Russia (2013), the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) has renewed its effort to revive many of the multi-sport events such as Mind Games, Beach Games, Urban Games, Artistic Games and Combat Games. The first one to be announced on November 8th 2017 was the Combat Games to be held in Chinese Taipei in the fall of 2019.

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Paul De Beer, Founder Member of the Aikido Federation of South Africa (AFSA), was honoured with the merit award of “Administrator of the Year”. It is a prestigious trophy bestowed by the University of Pretoria during TuksSport Colours and Award Gala that took place this week.Paul de Beer award

The IAF was present at the opening ceremony of the European Week of Sport in Tartu, Estonia. It is the 3rd edition of this already well-known week dedicated to sport and health. The program is an initiative of the European Commission. This year, during the 23rd and the 30th of September, thousands of events across Europe were organized under the spur #BeActive.

Tartu Estonia BeActive

Romania hosted an international seminar a few days ago to celebrate 20 years of activity of the Romanian Aikikai Aikido Foundation. The main instructor of this event was Mitsuteru Ueshiba, Hombu Dojo-cho.

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The logo represents IAF’s increasing global presence and its role and the traditional value of Aikido as a Japanese Budo. The new logo has taken into account the digital age requirements of logo usage and for the first time involved a professional graphic designer to package it in a way that is ready and easy to use by the member nations. The logo incorporates Aikikai’s requirements which highlights even stronger ties between Aikikai and IAF.

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Aikido has been practiced in Colombia for more than a quarter of a century, yet not within a national organized environment. However, the need and the benefits of a unification came in sight more and more. Here is a short history of how the Colombian Federation of Aikido was founded and the joy it brought, written by the President of the Colombian Federation himself (Spanish version below).

Colombiana aikido group

One’s beginnings are often full of energy and overwhelming enthusiasm and on rare occasions, those early footsteps can even make history. It is however precisely what happened to the small number of people who built the basis of Aikido in Norway and who recently celebrated their 40 years anniversary. We attended this special seminar and had the pleasure of listening to Bjorn Eirik Olsen, a 7th Dan Shihan talking about how Aikido started to be practiced in his country.

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Equality on tatami, leadership and self-confidence were the key points of the Aikido Gender Day that was celebrated in Nederlands, with the participation of practicioners, both women and men, from Switzerland, Slovenia, Germany, Austria, Norway and, of course, The Netherlands.

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We went back to the footage that we shot during the 12th International Aikido Federation Congress in Takasaki and thought that you might enjoy seeing some excerpts of the classes. Here is the Youtube playlist where we will post this content as it is being sorted.

The Kagami Biraki ceremony 2017 took place last Sunday at the Aikikai Hombu Dojo. The International Aikdio Federation would like to sincerely congratulate all the people who were promoted this year!

kagami biraki 2017

The International Aikido Federation Gender Balance working group presents its first up-coming event in spring 2017. On the 12th of March, Arnhem, a beautiful city in the eastern part of Nederland, will host a seminar, a forum and a leadership workshop for promoting the gender equality.

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The main event of the year in the world of Russian Aikido took place between the 2nd and the 4th of December 2016. The Open All-Russian Aikido Festival "Tornado" that Moscow hosted convened all the Aikido groups in Russia for a friendship reunion. This is an annual gathering that is organized by the Russian National Aikido Board (RNAB).

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The theme for the 12th IAF congress was the promotion of gender equality in aikido. Through classes taught by senior female instructors as well as two gender forums to explore issues of gender equality in martial arts we have started to address this important issue for the future of aikido. We are committed to continuing this journey in the future.

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To All Member Federations of the IAF

 

During the forthcoming IAF Congress elections will be held for a new Directing Committee, to hold office for the next four years. 

Paid-up member federations can nominate as candidates any individuals who are also members of paid-up member federations -- and the IAF Statutes place no restrictions at all on the freedom of IAF member federations to nominate whomsoever  they wish for office, or on the number of positions for which a candidate may stand for election. Individual IAF member federations are, of course, free to make their own internal rules and their autonomy is respected, but individual IAF federations are neveretheless free to nominate whomsover they wish,  as stated in the IAF Statutes. Incumbent members of the Directing Committee may stand for reelection, but they must also be nominated by paid-up member federations.

Elections will be held in the following order: Chairman (1); Vice-Chairman (1); General Secretary (1) ; Assistant General Secretary (1); General Treasurer (1); Members (up to 4), which will yield a Directing Committee of nine (9) members.

The names of candidates must be sent to the IAF General Secretary in writing -- and nominations sent by e-mail are acceptable for the purposes of this requirement.  

There is no specific time limit for nominations, but it is desirable that IAF delegates at the Congress know in reasonably good time before the Congress convenes who is being nominated and for which office. The deadline for giving the names of candidates that are sent to the General Secretary in advance (in accordance with the above short paragraph) is the first day of the Congress and the names of such candidates will be announced during the first Congress session.

Nominations will also be accepted during the Congress, with a probable deadline of Thursday, September 29 (in order that the names can be printed on ballot papers etc).

Of course, it is assumed that candidates for office accept their nomination, though this will be confirmed by the Ad-hoc Chairman who presides over the election.

 

There is a restiction on the election of auditors, which is that auditors have to be elected from member federations other than those federations from which DC members have been nominated. In practice this means that the auditors are nominated from among the delegates during the Congress itself, but they may of course be nominated beforehand.

 

If they have not already done so, I would urge those who are considering standing for office to have their nominations submitted in writing to the IAF General Secretary (whose address / e-mail address can be found elsewhere on this website).

 

As the Japanese would say in this context: Yoroshiku onegai itashimasu.

 

Peter Goldsbury

IAF Chairman

 

In the practice of Aikido, gender equality is a core principal, introduced by O’Sensei. The IAF would like to celebrate women's achievements in Aikido as well as address the theme of gender equality in Aikido through this forum, where the international Aikido community will be able to discuss particular concerns related to women and girls. It will also be an opportunity to explore how to provide development opportunities for women in leadership and women as high-ranking instructors.

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