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Here is the message regarding COVID-19 that Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba sent to the Aikido community today:

Doshu AF website

COVID-19 is spreading all around the world. I pray for the prompt recovery of all those who have been affected by it, and I would also like to express my sincere condolences to the families of all who have passed away.

In these times when COVID-19 is spreading around the world, as a measure to avoid infection various things and events are being reduced or cancelled, and our society feels as though dark clouds are hanging over us.

The International Aikido Federation (IAF) has been in close contact with the Aikikai World Headquarters monitoring the Covid-19 situation in Japan and the rest of the world in order to decide whether to host the International Aikido Summit as scheduled or not in Sep/Oct 2020.

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Aikido Shinryukan cerebrated the 50th Anniversary in Auckland, New Zealand, during the 6th-8th of March 2020.

New Zealand group

In the light of the global spreading of the Corona virus, national safety restrictions regarding the practice of Aikido should be obeyed. We all hope that the global situation will change soon!

National restrictions

Several Europe Aikido events have been cancelled or postponed because of the covid-19 risk situation.

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To the Aikido community
We are in earnest preparing for the International Aikido Summit to take place this fall and there are no changes to the event plan for the time being.  
We, at IAF, have just returned from talks with Aikikai after discussing the whole program and the preparation for the event is proceeding as scheduled.
Originally we were planning to start the registration from the end of March, but due to the global concerns of Corona Virus (Covid-19) and due to some uncertainty, we have decided to push back the start of registration.

Cairo hosted a special celebration in the presence of His Excellency, Mr. Masaki Noke, Ambassador of Japan in Egypt, for awarding the Dan Ranks Certificates to Egyptian Aikidoka.

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The Kagami Biraki ceremony gathered a lot of people at Hombu Dojo this Sunday, 12th of January 2020. Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba conducted the ceremony and a total of 923 Aikidoka were promoted to a new Yudansha Aikido Aikikai rank.

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Aikikai Slovenia will host the third SkillAi event in a few days. Several teen aikidoka and teachers will join the seminar and meeting on the 11th of January 2020.
SkillAi Project is a collaboration between Slovenian, Dutch and Hungarian Aikido organizations. It addresses the topic of promoting education through sport with special focus on providing young people with the tools for dealing with aggression and bullying.

Slovenia SkillAi Aliosa

The International Aikido Summit will be held in Tokyo, Japan, during the 26th of September and the 4th of October 2020. The IAF Visual Identity Manager, Mario Sapienza, created a wonderful poster and a set of sub-posters highlighting each part of the big event. The registration will officially be opened in March 2020 and it will be hosted by the IAF website: www.aikido-international.org.


The IAF team of athlets from 11 countries had a great experience in Iwama and Tokyo, this summer. The main focus was on its first participation at the Japan National Sports Festival, in Ibaraki Prefecture. This was a premiere as no other Aikido group from abroad has participated before.

Iwama team 13 2019

Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba is going to conduct the Aikido seminar in California, USA, during 6-8 September 2019. Children ages 8-16 are welcomed and encouraged to attend this event. The IAF Chairman, Kei Izawa, and the IAF General Secretary, Wilko Vriesman, will be present at the seminar the first weekend of September.

California Doshu1

IAF members in South America are actively promoting a better gender balance in Aikido. Two international events have been recently successfully held on the continent, one in Buenos Aires, Argentina, another one in Santiago, Chile.

Gender Argentina 2019

The International Aikido Summit is the new name of the biggest IAF event held in Japan every 4 years. The dates, the venue and the structure have been decided and we are happy to officially make them public.

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The 2nd transnational meeting of the ongoing SkillAi (Erasmus) project was in Budapest, Hungary and turned out to be a great success. There were 20 teenagers of age 14-17 participating in the project, coming to the seminar organized on the side of the workshop on the Saturday of the 1 st of June.

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During summer-autumn of 2019, Dojo-Cho Mitsuteru Ueshiba will be visiting Europe several times. He will teach in Netherlands, Hungary, Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg and France.

2019 Dojocho

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.

poster Miyamoto sensei BG

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.

Turkey 1

(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.

Eu Funding Kickoff 1

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

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