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The SportAccord General Meeting was held in London on Saturday, April 8, 2011.

The IAF was represented at the General Meeting by Peter Goldsbury, IAF Chairman, Stefan Stenudd, IAF Vice-Chairman and August Dragt, IAF Assistant General Secretary. A special guest was Lydia la Riviere Zeijdel, who was the winner of a Spirit of Sport award for her work with the disabled.

As you all know, there was a huge earthquake in north-eastern Japan, with the epicentre very close to the City of Sendai.

On behalf of the entire IAF, I would like to offer our deepest sympathy and condolences to the Aikikai, the All-Japan Federation, and all our aikido friends in Japan, of whatever affiliation, especially fellow aikidoka in the affected areas.

I have been living in Japan for many years and have experienced many earthquakes, but it is obvious that this one was very serious indeed--with a tsunami tidal wave that allowed no time for anyone to take effective precautiuons.

At present I am in the Netherlands, and the local aikido community here is planning training seminars to aid the victims. I hope the IAF can take some initiative here and offer this kind of help on a wider scale. We are a worldwide federation and ths is a golden opportunity to show that aikido works effectively also off the tatami. It is also an opportunity for the international aikido community to give to the aikiido community in Japan a gesture of thanks for what Japan has given us.


Best wishes and, once again, deepest sympathy.


Peter Goldsbury

IAF Chairman

Following on the passing away of Tamura Nobuyoshi Shihan, it is my sad duty to record the passing of another direct disciple of the Founder of aikido and a member of the IAF Senior Council. Sugano Seiichi Shihan was appointed by Doshu to membership of the IAF Senior Council at the 10th IAF Congress, held in Tanabe in 2008. It is very unfortunate the Sugano Shihan was not given the time to make his mark on this body, which he would undoubtedly have done in his own quiet way. And anyone who has seen Sugano Shihan teach aikido after his leg was amputated and he received an artificial leg will attest to his total dedication to the art; his total commitment to aikido and to his students.


Sugano Shihan passed away during the Sportaccord Combat Games and the uncertainty created by his illness led to the unfortunate absence of some members of the Aikikai Australia. All the participants at the Combat Games were quite affected when the news was announced, but the two participants who attended the Games from Australia gave a sparkling demonstration they can feel proud of--a testament to Sugano Sensei's memory, and his major contribution to aikido in Australia and the rest of the world.


May he rest in peace.


Peter Goldsbury

IAF Chairman

On behalf of the entire IAF I would like to express our sympathy and condolences to Madame Tamura, Sensei's relatives and friends, the members of the FFAB, Sensei's students and all aikidoka in France and elsewhere, on the death of Tamura Nobuyoshi Shihan.


Tamura Sensei was one of the principal postwar deshi at the Aikikai Hombu. He was a longtime member of the IAF Senior Council and always attended Congresses, at which he taught, with precision, grace and good humour.


It is hardly necessary to add that Tamura Sensei's passing has left a huge gap, which cannot be filled, and that his presence at IAF events will sorely be missed.


As a Japanese, Tamura Sensei probably embraced a combination of Buddhism and Shinto, with a mixture of Christianity, the latter especially in view of the fact that he lived for much of his life in France. So, we can certainly use the hallowed Christian prayer here:


Requiescat in pace. May he rest in peace.



Peter A Goldsbury,

IAF Chairman


The reelected IAF Chairman has sent a letter of appreciation to all those who attended and
supported the recent IAF Congress in Tanabe.


This is a listing of the results of the DC elections at the General Assembly in Tanabe. Also, a list of the Senior Council and the Auditing Committee is provided.

Mr J K Yamaue is a Japanese living in Denmark and practises a number of Japanese martial arts relating to Shorinji Kempo and Aiki-jujutsu. He is Soke of a certain ryu that he has created.

On his website, Mr Yamaue claims to be an Honorary President of the IAF.

 I wish to make clear to everybody that this claim is completely false. Mr Yamaue has no connection whatever with the IAF.

Peter Goldsbury, IAF Chairman

IAF is attending the general assembly of the International World Games Association (IWGA) and of the General Association of International Sport Federations (GAISF) in Beijing.

Yous can find information on the websites of sportaccord.com or of afgis.com.

Dear Members of the IAF,

After much thought about the matter, I have decided to retire from the office of Chairman of the IAF and so I will not be a candidate for reelection at this forthcoming Congress.

I am informing you about this now, before the deadline for sending items on the Congress agenda, so that you will have ample time to consider the election of a new directing committee.

I have been involved with the direction of the IAF since 1982, when I attended the Directing Committee meeting held in Tokyo. This means that I have been so involved for 34 years out of the 40 years that the IAF has existed.

Such an anniversary is a good time to consider what has been achieved and also to look forward to the next 40 years.

I have enjoyed working for the IAF, but I think it is time for change and to turn over the direction of the federation to a new and younger generation.


Yours sincerely,

Peter Goldsbury

IAF Chairman




The 11th International Aikido Congress(as of 19.Apr. 2012)

Along with the congress, the seminar will be held for 5 days. We are looking forward to seeing you in Tokyo

  • Schedule17th September (Mon), 2012 – 23rd September (Sun), 2012

International Congress

The IAF will hold its two-yearly directing committee meeting very shortly.


The meeting will take place in Moscow and will run from October 19 till October 22. The main topics to be discussed at the meeting will be:

Evaluation of the recent Sportaccord Combat Games and preparations for future events;

Minor changes to the IAF Statutes;

Preparation for the 11th IAF Congress, to take place in Tokyo;

Finance and budget issues;

IAF Membership issues.



Alongside the directing committee meeting, an aikido training seminar will be led by Mitsuteru Ueshiba, Waka Sensei, S Sugawara Shihan and H Fujimaki Shihan, with the support of Hino Terumasa Shidoin, all from the Aikikai Hombu Dojo. Shihans attending the directing committee meeting will also instruct at the seminar: Tony Smibert Shihan from Australia, who is a member of the IAF Senior Council, and Stefan Stenudd Shihan, who is IAF Vice-Chairman.

Dear Participatory Federation members,

It is with great pleasure we announce the names of the participating members to the Combat Games in Beijing 2010.

Demonstration Participants to the SportAccord Combat Games 2010 Beijing:

Shihan Ja Yoshiaki Yokota male
Shihan Ja uke Makoto Ito male
Shihan Ja uke Toshio Suzuki male
Shihan F Christian Tissier male
Shihan F uke Marc BACHRATY male
Shihan F uke Pascal GUILLEMIN male

The 10th IAF Congress will be held from October 6th (Monday) to 12th (Sunday) at Tanabe City, Wakayama Prefecture, Japan.

For those who are planning to attend the congress, kindly confirm the information given here and please send your registration form to the following e-mail address,

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The information about the Congress is subject to change and the information will be updated. Please do not forget to check for the latest information.

Important Information for IAF Members

Dear Members,

This month we planned to hold the IAF Directing Committee Meeting in Paris.

Unfortunately we have had to postpone this meeting owing to illness. The General Secretary has had to stay in hospital a number of times during the last few months, the General Treasurer is not in good health, and finally the Chairman had to enter hospital for an eye operation and now has to recover.

In these circumstances it was decided to postpone the meeting until March 2007.

Peter Goldsbury

1 August 2005 IAF

You can download and view a promotional Aikido movie, created by the IAF for presentation at the world games

It is available in 2 sizes

Web Promo for Quicktime version 7 (filesize: 8 MB)

Web promo for Quicktime version 6 (filesize: 14 MB)

You can download Quicktime free here

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