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- Category: Aikido - IAF
- Published on Sunday, 28 June 2015 10:50
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.
The training and the atmosphere of the dojo were quite different from what I had become used to. My first teacher was also Japanese, a friendly man named Tao, who worked for the Japanese railway system and was studying for a master’s degree in transport economics. Training in the dojo was supplemented by cross-country running and was tough, but the toughness was more a matter of stamina and of discovering that there were muscles that one had not used before, especially when stretching and practicing ukemi. There were difficult techniques, to be sure, but there was never any question of whether one would actually survive any particular encounter with one’s partner or with the teacher. Training in Chiswick was much more intense. It seemed that every waza had to be applied with maximum effectiveness and the techniques were applied at a speed that I had not encountered before, so they were harder to learn. Weapons were also used and we regularly practiced uchikomi: moving in pairs up and down the dojo, which was long and rather narrow, with one attacking and other defending. CS was very fast and it seemed to make no difference to the speed whether his attacks were on his feet or on his knees. His yudansha, especially Michael Holloway and Margaret Hughes, bore the brunt of this training.
My experience in Chiswick was something of a blur, consisting of memorable episodes and memorable training partners, and ended when I accepted a scholarship to start a Ph.D. in the United States. The place was Harvard University and I had become sufficiently enthusiastic about aikido to ask my first teacher, now back in Japan, to recommend a dojo. The dojo was the New England Aikikai and was run by a close friend of CS, named Mitsunari Kanai. I did not meet CS again until I returned to England to continue my doctoral studies in London. By then things had changed in the aikido world. The Aikikai of Great Britain had become the British Aikido Federation and was now run by MK, CS having returned to Japan. While in the US, I made a plan to go to Japan, but the plan was put on hold until I had finished my Ph.D.
K Chiba and Europe
In 1975 I returned to the UK and joined the local dojo, Ryushinkan, which was headed by Minoru Kanetsuka Sensei. There followed five glorious years of intensive aikido training that hugely interfered with the completion of my Ph.D. thesis. For part of this time Chiba Sensei’s father-in-law and his wife stayed in England as a support for MK. Mr Sekiya often taught aikido and sword-work at the Ryushinkan Dojo and at the Tempukan Dojo in London. This dojo had been established by the older students of CS who wanted to maintain their own base. I understood the reasons for this, but for those of us who did not want to make a choice, there was no alternative but to train at both dojos. I became General Secretary of the British Aikido Federation and in 1977 it fell to me to organize the summer school in Nottingham University, with Chiba Sensei as the guest instructor. I had had knee operations so I could not practice, but it was a chance to meet CS again and renew our acquaintance, which in the years that followed gradually turned into a kind of friendship. I am not sure, however, that I was ever his student, even though his influence on my aikido training was immense.
The late 1970s marked a crisis for aikido in Europe and CS was closely involved—and since he was involved, I was involved also. Perhaps the best way of describing this crisis was as a clash of viewpoints about the worldwide organization of aikido organizations affiliated to the Aikikai. One side wanted close and tight control by and from the Hombu in Japan; the other side wanted a large measure of decentralization, with more autonomy given to continental groupings. This side used a very common argument, namely, that Japan was generally weak in international matters and the Japanese, including the Hombu, did not really understand foreign culture, which in this case meant how aikido was practiced and organized overseas. Chiba Sensei’s viewpoint was generally aligned with that of the ‘controllers’, but it was much more complex and he was actually battling on several fronts: he was trying to create an effective international department within the Aikikai Hombu – in the face of some resistance, and was also drawing up international regulations that would both govern the teaching and examining of aikido outside Japan and also restrict the freedom of Japanese instructors to travel abroad and teach wherever they wished. I was an active participant in this crisis, which led to a split among aikido groups in Europe and also among the Japanese teachers who led these groups. For me, this division among the Japanese teachers led to some unfortunate consequences and I was forced to make some hard choices as to whom I would support. Of course, in one respect there was no conflict at all: I supported CS, but there were some niggling questions that refused to go away.
K Chiba and the IAF
Unbeknown to me a preparatory meeting for forming the IAF had taken place in Spain in 1975 and the first IAF Congress took place in Tokyo the following year. In 1980 I attended the 3rd IAF Congress in Paris. The problems mentioned above turned into open conflict and the result was that the Congress could not proceed with the agenda. Two organizations were claiming to represent aikido in the same country and the group managing the Congress could not decide which organization had the vote. As IAF Assistant Secretary, CS had organized the Congress, but he was unable to manage such a deep split within the directing committee and among the Japanese instructors who taught the members. Because of the problems in Europe, CS and I had exchanged much written correspondence and I still have this, running to several tens of pages. Chiba Sensei had a distinctive style of writing in English and I can now understand – after years of living here in Japan – how precise and painstaking he was with his English correspondence. Since I already knew about the problems in Europe, I had a good idea of what would happen at the Paris Congress. The final coda for this abortive congress was an urgent request from CS to make the official minutes of the said Congress. The discussions had been recorded on open-real tapes that had been taken back to the Hombu in Tokyo, but had mysteriously been erased. Luckily, CS was a very canny assistant secretary and had secretly recorded all the discussions himself and I used these tapes to make the congress report. So I actually started working for the IAF well before I was elected to any position in the federation.
My plans to come to Japan had matured and Chiba Sensei wished me luck and also cautioned me that I would encounter many problems. His actual words were that I would “discover the truth about aikido in Japan.” He also gave me much valuable advice. One important piece of advice concerned which classes to take in the Hombu Dojo and I followed this advice to the letter. Another piece of advice was to obtain secure employment outside the world of aikido, which I found at Hiroshima University. An advantage was that university teaching left much time for aikido training, but a disadvantage was that Hiroshima was almost 1,000 kilometers from Tokyo, so visiting the Hombu would not happen very often. Until he left for the USA in 1981, Chiba Sensei and I had several meetings. Since territorial restrictions prevented him from coming to Hiroshima and teaching aikido, I used to visit him at his home in Hatake, or we occasionally met in Nagoya and had lunch at the hotel adjacent to Nagoya Station. On one occasion I visited the dojo in Nagoya where he used to teach and he gave a class. If I was going to Hatake, I would travel by train to Mishima and Kannami, and then CS would meet me, or we would meet in Tokyo at the Hombu and travel back together. He and his wife Mitsuko were perfect hosts and I occasionally met Kano and Kotetsu, who at that time was a small, sensitive boy, who very much liked to go fishing with his father.
In Tokyo CS also introduced me to Mr Seiichi Seko, the IAF General Secretary. Mr Seko was a strong supporter of the Ueshiba family and had played a major role in 1948, when the Aikikai renewed its legal status as an incorporated foundation. When I met him, Mr Seko had retired, but was working for the Boston Consulting Group. Like Chiba Sensei himself, he was one of those very bright Japanese who were seeking ways to prod Japan – and also the Aikikai Hombu – to adapt to the new postwar circumstances and grasp new opportunities.
In Hatake we would sometimes visit the temple of Chiba’s friend Hogen Yamagata and on one occasion I met a mysterious Jesuit priest there named Oshida, who had studied at the Gregorian University in Rome. Fr Oshida was chaplain to a convent of nuns and ran some kind of community in the rural north of Japan. At the temple in Kannami he gave lectures on St John’s Gospel. I do not know the reason for these lectures, but I do remember one discussion I once had with CS. We were standing on the platform of Kannami Station and Chiba Sensei talked about his moral values on conflict resolution and his attitude to death and dying. I remember two things about this conversation. One was that his attitude to death seemed very similar to that expressed by Yamamoto Tsunetomo in the Hagakure: facing the event without flinching and with no emotion. The other was that I asked CS if he had ever read St John’s gospel and studied the morality of turning the other cheek. I have no idea whether there was any connection between this conversation and Fr Oshida’s lectures, but I have never forgotten the conversation. I remember it because we were interrupted by a ‘blue train’: a sleeper express that thundered through the station on its way from Kyushu to Tokyo.
Chiba Sensei was very open about all the problems involved with the creation of the IAF. The initiative had come from some European aikidoka who also practiced judo and the Hombu were somewhat taken aback. At the time Kisshomaru Ueshiba was Doshu and he accepted this initiative, but also insisted that the first Congress should be held in Japan. When the IAF was founded, there was a seamless match between the Aikikai and the IAF and the keynote of the new federation was maintaining and promoting unity. All the overseas groups with a connection to the Aikikai automatically became members. However, the problems raised by the Paris Congress were epoch-making and led to a widening gap between the IAF and the Aikikai, in the sense that it brought out into the open the completely different structures of the two organizations. The differences were there to begin with and enshrined in statutes, but were exacerbated by the events in Paris, which eventually led the Aikikai to change its policy regarding overseas organizations.
When Chiba Sensei resigned as IAF Assistant General Secretary, he wanted me to resign also and to have nothing more to do with the federation. The niggling questions I mentioned earlier came up again and I had a major problem. I had an idea of what the IAF could become and felt that I owed it to Kisshomaru Doshu and Mr Seko to help in achieving this. So I rejected his suggestion that I should end all contact with the IAF. Actually, we had quite an argument and I gather that this upset Kotetsu somewhat, for CS told me he was quite sensitive. Chiba Sensei emphasized very strongly that the most crucial aspect of aikido was finding the right teacher and that if this did not happen, then one could not really claim to have started to practice the art. Of course, I had heard at first hand the famous story about his defeat at the hands of a kendoka and him picking up Doshu’s book on aikido and seeing the picture of O Sensei. I responded that I believed that his view of finding an art and a teacher was fine for him, but not for me. It was too much like a Wang Yangming-style of identifying intuition and action, without any critical thinking in between.
Actually, I had had occasion to dispute with CS before, when I was in the UK. It was a serious dispute, which cut right to the heart of a master’s relationships with his students. I believe he accepted my way of dealing with this problem, which was to prepare the ground very carefully, and then confront him directly. He made very careful notes on this occasion, which he dictated to me and which we both signed. I still have these notes and documents and they form part of my own ‘memory’ of him.
In 1981 CS moved to the United States. He occasionally mentioned an injury he had suffered to his back and he thought that the climate in San Diego would help this. I might have expressed some skepticism here, since it was clear that the way he moved when he practiced aikido showed that he had physical capabilities denied to ordinary mortals. In the connection of his move to the US, a few episodes stand out. One was when I took CS by car from the BAF summer school to the US embassy in London, where he received his visa. I parked the car near Grosvenor Square and we walked to the embassy, but suddenly he said we had to return to the car. He had seen the machines at the entrance that scanned for weapons and he always carried a knife. The knife had to be left in the car. CS looked somewhat sheepish and I must have looked a bit shocked – at a renowned exponent of an art dedicated to peace and harmony carrying a concealed weapon. The second episode was the drinking session in Tokyo a few days before he left Japan, which lasted until 5 the next morning. Yet another episode was a memorable trip to San Diego, after he had arrived and settled in the US. Chiba Sensei met me at the airport with Mr Mike Flynn and took me to his house. There was some aikido training – and I remember the distinctive way he did kaiten-nage on this occasion, which was followed by an evening of food and pleasant conversation with the yudansha, including the late Kensho Furuya.
I think that Chiba Kazuo Sensei will become a legendary figure in the world of aikido. Actually, he has already become a legendary figure, but the legend will augment itself with the passage of time. He is the last of the aikido Nephilim, those mysterious giants of the Old Testament, who were mortal and immortal at one and the same time. After meeting someone like him, one was never the same again, but the effect he had on people could be quite different. Some were immediately spellbound by him and in this connection I met some of the friends who knew and supported him when he first arrived in the UK, but never practiced aikido. However, I also knew many ex-students of K Chiba and one of my early teachers advised me never to go anywhere near him. For others he was the ultimate in a very concentrated dose of ‘kool-aid’ and they struggled to interpret every single thing he ever said as the enlightened sayings of The Master.
For a short but intense period I was privileged to be allowed to get to know him very well, and knowing him forced me to focus on many aspects of my own character. I regret that the last time I met him (in Tokyo, very near the Aikikai Hombu) was several years ago and that I never had the chance to repair, maintain, or develop the relationship I had before. It was not to be, but I will always treasure the memories that I have—of a very complex individual as well as a unique aikido master and teacher.
- Category: Aikido - IAF
- Published on Thursday, 28 May 2015 08:12
An Obituary by Seán MacRuairi
Martin 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.
As the arrangements for the IAF participation in the St. Petersburgh demonstration accelerated, he and Eoin de Buitlear of Ireland Aikikai took over the registration of the IAF delegation. They handled their duty with efficiency, diplomacy with a potent blend of skill and administative ability, which elicited admiration and thanks from the Sport Accord support staff. As we learned later, the IAF group were the only delegation that did not have problems with their accommodation
On the ground in St. Petersburgh Martin maintained the follow-up administration and at very short notice stepped into the role of commentator for the demonstration. Goska Smierzchalska produced a set of top quality photos which they collaborated to process and feed into the IAF FB page to good effect. It was under these circumstances that the IAF Chairman came to appreciate Martin. He was subsequently co-opted as the assistant web master for the IAF, which position was approved by the Directing Committee in September 2014. On this occassion, in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, he also ably participated in the seminar demonstration without foreknowledge or preparation and also at a moment's notice.
In the short time he was with the IAF, Martin did very valuable work in supporting the St. Petersburgh demonstration, in redesigning the IAF website, and in bringing a better understanding of the possibilities for the IAF in developing their internet presence. His passing was a shock and a loss for his colleagues on the IAF Directing Committee whose condolences have been forwarded to his family and friends.
Remberance services were held for Martin in Poland on 5th May, in Ireland on 10th May, and in the USA on 16th May 2015.
Seán MacRuairí (Ireland Aikikai).
Vice Chairman IAF.
Martin Leo Giannini
Born: August 18, 1973, died: April 25, 2015
June, 1991: Graduated from Lane Technical High School in Chicago, IL
May, 1995: Graduated from University of Southern California, Phi Betta Kappa.
B.A. International Relations
Father: John L. Gianini. Mother: Julie W. Gianini. Sister: Amy Cabera. Partner: Goska Smierzchalska.
- Category: Dojo News
- Published on Saturday, 10 January 2015 16:42
Here is an inaugural post on our website of dojo news submitted by a member. This is not to 'feature' Chile or this dojo, but to begin something that we promised to do long ago, to start sharing widely and much more about our membership and their activities. Chile just happens to be first. Who will be next? Submit to our Media Architect, see the Officers page.
- Category: Aikido - IAF
- Published on Tuesday, 06 January 2015 10:34
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 2016) 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 Vice Chairman at the contact address below:
IAF Membership Documents
- Category: IAF latest News
- Published on Tuesday, 30 December 2014 08:46
Dear Members of the IAF,
Everybody here in Hiroshima is preparing to celebrate the New Year. The shops were crowded and people were stocking up on the special food (osechi ryori) that is a feature of the new year in Japan. Now is also a good time to review 2014 in the IAF. The main event was the Directing Committee Meeting held in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, during the summer. It is customary to hold a training seminar at some point during the week of the meeting and this was excellently organized by Dorin Marchis and his colleagues at the Romanian Aikikai Aikido Foundation, which is the IAF member for Romania. The seminar was led by Mr Mitsuteru Ueshiba, who is the Acting Director of the Aikikai Hombu Dojo in Tokyo. He was supported by Mr Christian Tissier from France, Mr Ulf Evenas from Sweden, and other instructors who were members of the Directing Committee. Mr Tony Smibert, from Australia, was also on the teaching schedule, but unfortunately he was unable to attend.
Among the matters discussed at the Directing Committee Meeting was the date and location of the 12th IAF Congress. We will hold the Congress, with the customary aikido training seminar, in Takasaki City, Gunma Prefecture, during the last weekend in September. More information will be posted here as it becomes available.
Finally, on behalf of the Directing Committee, I wish the members of the IAF all the very best for health and happiness in 2015.
Peter A Goldsbury
- Category: IAF News
- Published on Sunday, 26 October 2014 08:34
This is to announce that the IAF Congress that is normally held every four years will take place from September 26th till October 3rd, 2016 in Takasaki City, Gunma Prefecture, Japan. During the Congress we will also plan a week long Aikido seminar with Hombu Shihans, some key overseas Shihans and a class with Ueshiba Moriteru Doshu. Please pencil in the dates in your calendar and we hope to see you in Takasaki in the new arena built by the city. More details about the accommodation and logistics will become available as the time approaches. Please re-post in your social media and websites about this important event.
- Kei Izawa, General Secretary
- Category: IAF Seminars
- Published on Tuesday, 09 September 2014 08:12
Romania welcomes you to a programme of trainings conducted by Waka Sensei, Christian Tissier Shihan, Ulf Evenas Shihan, Peter Goldsbury Sensei, John Rogers Shihan, Kei Izawa Sensei and Wilko Vriesman Sensei. See the Romanian Aikikai Aikido Foundation website for full details.
Friday 12 September 2014
09.30 - 11.00 ULF EVENAS Shihan 7th Dan Aikido Aikikai
11.30 - 13.00 CHRISTIAN TISSIER Shihan 7th Dan Aikido Aikikai
16.30 - 17.30 WILKO VRIESMAN Sensei 6th Dan Aikido Aikikai
17.45 - 18.45 SEÁN MACRUAIRÍ Shihan 6th Dan Aikido Aikikai
19.00 - 20.00 KEI IZAWA Sensei 6th Dan Aikido Aikikai
Saturday 13 September 2014
09.00 - 10.00 PETER GOLDSBURY Sensei 7th Dan Aikido Aikikai
10.15 - 11.15 CHRISTIAN TISSIER Shihan 7th Dan Aikido Aikikai
11.30 - 13.00 MITSUTERU UESHIBA WAKA SENSEI
16.30 - 17.30 ULF EVENAS Shihan 7th Dan Aikido Aikikai
18.00 - 19.30 MITSUTERU UESHIBA WAKA SENSEI
Sunday 14 September 2014
9.30 - 10.30 ULF EVENAS Shihan 7th Dan Aikido Aikikai
11.00 - 12.30 MITSUTERU UESHIBA WAKA SENSEI
Followed by DEMONSTRATIONS
A last-minute announcement: Tony Smibert Shihan unfortunately can not attend. We wish him good health and we look forward to meeting him here at a future seminar!
- Category: IAF latest News
- Published on Friday, 11 July 2014 23:20
Christian Tissier Shihan has kindly agreed to join Mr Mitsuteru Ueshiba, Acting Head of the Hombu Dojo, and other senior instructors at the seminar that will accompany the IAF Directing Committee Meeting at Cluj-Napoca, Romania, from September 8 till September 15. The final seminar schedule has not been finally decided yet, but it is likely that Mr Ueshiba will conduct classes on Saturday, Sept 13, and Sunday, Sept 14, while Mr Tissier will arrive in Cluj-Napoca on Thursday, Sept 11, and conduct classes on Friday, Sept 12.
More details will be published here as they become available.
- Category: IAF latest News
- Published on Friday, 18 April 2014 14:51
I hope you are all in good health and training hard. In Japan, the winter was quite severe, but spring has come and in Hiroshima the cherry blossoms were in bloom last week and the hanami parties were in full swing. (O-hanami parties are a traditional Japanese way of eating and drinking with friends under the cherry trees. 'Hanami' actually means 'flower viewing', but in my experience the emphasis has usually been on the eating and drinking, with the cherry blossoms providing a very pleasant backdrop.)
In my earlier New Year greetings, I mentioned that the IAF will hold its Directing Committee Meeting in 2014. As you know, the IAF holds meetings as a federation every two years. Meetings of the IAF Directing Committee are held every two years and an IAF Congress is held every four years. The last Congress took place in 2012 and we are now preparing for the Directing Committee Meeting, to be held in 2014. IAF committee meetings are usually attended by the committee members, but members of the Senior Council, Technical Council and the two IAF Auditors can attend as observers.
It is a tradition to hold a training seminar to coincide with the committee meeting and the seminar is open to all aikido practitioners and membership of an IAF member federation is not a condition for participating at the seminar. The seminar will be held on 11-14 September, at Cluj Napoca, Romania and is being organized by the Romanian Aikikai Aikido Foundation, under the leadership of Mr Dorin Marchis.
- Category: IAF latest News
- Published on Wednesday, 08 January 2014 00:38
First I would like to offer New Year greetings to all our members, and also to everybody who practises aikido, wherever you may be. I hope that 2014 will bring health, happiness, prosperity and renewed opprtunities for continuing and deepening aikido training.
For the IAF, 2013 was an eventful and successful year. You can see from this website, and from our Facebook pages, what a success the SportAccord Combat Games has been. We will continue to upload video footage of the aikido demonstrations as these become available.
There are two main events in 2014. We will hold our two-yearly Directing Committee Meeting in Romania. A major training seminar is planned for this meeting and the principal instructor will be Mitsuteru Ueshiba, Waka Sensei. We will add details about the meeting and training seminar as these become available.
In April, the IAF will be represented at the SportAccord Annual General Meeting, which will take place in Turkey. It is very probable that the date and location of the 2015 SportAccord World Combat Games will be decided at this meeting. Once again, details will be posted as these become available.
Once again, all good wishes for 2014.
- Category: World Combat Games 2013
- Published on Tuesday, 26 November 2013 14:43
Lausanne, 25th of November 2013
Dear Mr. Ueshiba and Mr. Izawa (International Aikido Federation),
I would like to thank you for all your hard work during the SportAccord World Combat Games in Saint Petersburg in October. It was a real pleasure to work with you. We have created informative videos of each combat sport. Below you can find the Aikido video, the goal being to increase knowledge and visibility of your sport present during the World Combat Games.
S. Vlad Marinescu
Director General, SportAccord
- Category: World Combat Games 2013
- Published on Sunday, 27 October 2013 06:26
The one making it all happen at the aikido demonstrations of the World Combat Games in St. Petersburg was Wilko Vriesman, IAF Technical Delegate for the Games. Here he comments on his experiences from working with the event.
Wilko Vriesman is a 6th dan Dutch aikido teacher with a long experience from both teaching and managing aikido. He is the founder of the Dutch Aikikai Federation as well as the Aikido Nederland. Also, he is a Directing Committee member of the IAF.
He was part of the IAF team working at the 2010 Combat Games in Beijing, and already before its closing he started preparing for the 2013 St. Petersburg Games.
It has been a tremendous workload behind the scenes, carried out by Wilko Vriesman and several members of the IAF Directing Committee, as well as other hard-working volunteers.
“Although we had more people this time, we were still understaffed,” Wilko Vriesman reflects when we meet right before he leaves for the airport to go home to Holland.
Things were running quite smoothly with the preparations for the Games, but in St. Petersburg there were some mishaps leading to several changes of plans. That caused Wilko Vriesman and his team a lot of trouble.
“At the event, we had expected previous agreements to be fulfilled,” he says. “The logistics should have worked. But we had to solve a lot of that, although we were not running the show.”
He had a lot of help in this from his tireless assistant Jorge Rojo Shihan from Chile and from fellow IAF DC member August Dragt. Both of them had also been in Beijing 2010.
“Together we found a working mode, in spite of it all. And the participating aikidoka took it in a very mature way, not being disturbed by it.”
So, despite complications in logistics, none of that was visible at the aikido demonstrations.
“Everything on the tatami went well.”
- Category: World Combat Games 2013
- Published on Thursday, 24 October 2013 12:50
IEC, with six hours of live streaming each day. These broadcasts can be viewed in their entirety also after the live streaming. The material contains a total of 1,5 hours from the aikido demonstrations.The whole World Combat Games were filmed by a big professional crew from
UPDATE 16 Dec 2013: A new IAF YouTube channel is live where we are uploading hours of new materials shared with us by IEC in Sports and SportAccord.
UPDATE 12 Nov 2013: Tom Dijkman's edited videos (of the official broadcasts) are now linked.
UPDATE 4 Nov 2013: The video entitled 'Slow and Beauty' of Naoto Uchida and Toshio Suzuki as ukes for Miyamoto Tsuruzo Sensei is now embedded on this site. This video was shot by August Dragt and edited by Jieshi Shan.
UPDATE 4 Nov 2013: Check again! The videos can now be seen in USA and Brazil. More about it here: Videos Now Accessible...
The collection of videos we have uncovered so far follows:
- The IAF YouTube channel is now live where we are uploading hours of new materials shared with us by IEC in Sports and SportAccord. New videos are becoming available as the material is gradually pieced apart into manageable pieces.
- Day Two Broadcast of one hour (starts at 3:08:40). In addition to several national groups performing, it contains the aikido demonstrations by Ulf Evenås Shihan and Christian Tissier Shihan.
- Day One Broadcast (starts at 0:59:30). Unfortunately only some 30 minutes of the day's four hours of demonstrations.
- Clip of the Day with Ulf Evenås Shihan, a short segment from that demonstration.
- Oct 21 Daily Highlights, starting at 11:12, a 6 minute long segment with some explanation about Aikido, an interview with Tissier Shihan, and South Africa and Belgium demonstrating.
- 30 second piece from the Oct 21 Daily News with demonstrators from Poland.
- A 1.5 minute piece, Aikido News Highlights, from day one, with Australia, Mexico, Poland demonstrating.
- August Dragt's YouTube Channel where his videos can be found.
- The video entitled 'Slow and Beauty' of Naoto Uchida and Toshio Suzuki as ukes for Miyamoto Tsuruzo Sensei is now embedded on this site. This video was shot by August Dragt and edited by Jieshi Shan.
- Tom Dijkman's edited videos (of the official broadcasts), including Tissier Shihan, Bruno Gonzalez, and more.
- Category: Anti-doping
- Published on Thursday, 10 May 2012 08:00
WADA, the World Anti-Doping Agency, has informed us that IAF is now approved as compliant with the WADA anti-doping code, which stipulates certain activities and procedures as part of the world-wide work against doping in sports.
The IAF anti-doping commitment started with the unanimous decisions of the 2008 IAF General Assembly to approve the Directing Committee proposals for an IAF Anti-doping policy and the IAF Anti-doping Regulations. Since then, the DC has worked closely with WADA representatives and anti-doping experts of SportAccord to establish routines and activities for the anti-doping work within Aikido.