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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

TuksSport Colours is a celebration of amazing sporting feats. It is about impressive coaches, athletes and administrators. Since Aikido is not a sport, but an art, this event has a special significance that the sporting world is willing to make adjustments and acknowledge the footprint of Aikido as a parallel activity to the competitive sphere.TuksSport2017 Colours and Awards Photos 2

Paul De Beer Sensei 6 Dan is the Dojo-cho of Tuks Aikido Dojo and the instructor in charge of the Pretoria Aikikai. He has been practicing and teaching Aikido for over four decades and never has he compromised on the non-competitive nature of Aikido and the inherent values of Budo that comprises Aikido.

The Aikido Federation of South Africa is very proud of its founder member and appreciates the continuous contribution, leadership and guidance of De Beer Sensei. Moreover, this is the 4th time that he was recognised for Aikido involvement at similar prizegiving events at the University of Pretoria.

“Please note that Aikido hardly fits any of the competitive standards and requirements that apply for a sport or sportsman to be recognized for normal Colours at Tuks. It is therefore most significant for Aikido to be exempted and that special concessions were made in all the above instances. It should also be noted that even though Aikido cannot boast with a large membership or championship status, we were still recognised on the highest level for 40 years of consistency, the principles we represent, our distinct and visible effort, underpinned by the status and honourability of the International Aikikai, the IAF and AFSA as institutions.” mentioned Paul De Beer Sensei.

The Federation was established in 1977 and today it has 17 affiliated clubs in South Africa, each consisting of one or more dojos. For the celebration of 40 years of activity, the national organization invites everybody to the Anniversary Seminar lead by Mitsuteru Ueshiba, Hombu Dojo-cho, during the 30th of November and the 3rd of December 2017, in Cape Town!AFSA 40 years poster

The Aikido Federation of South Africa enjoys full recognition from the Aikikai Foundation in Japan (Aikido World Headquarters) and it is a member of the International Aikido Federation (IAF).

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