About the IAF


The International Aikido Federation (IAF) is a federation of aikido organisations which are directly affiliated to the Aikikai Hombu in Japan, the ‘mother house’ of Aikido.

It is the only worldwide federation of such Aikido organisations and at present it has 46 members.

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Obituary - Doshu Kisshomaru Ueshiba

Kisshomaru Ueshiba, Aikido Doshu, passed away on Monday, 4 January, 1999, at the age of 77. The cause of death was respiratory failure. The otsuya ceremony (watching with the body) was held at the Hombu Dojo, Tokyo, on Friday, 6 January, and was followed a day later by a funeral ceremony, also held at the Hombu Dojo. Both ceremonies were attended by well over 1,000 people, from Japan and the rest of the world. There was a similar large attendance at the Farewell Ceremony, which took place on 17 January at the Aoyama Funeral Hall in Tokyo.

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IAF now on Facebook!

Kai Löfgren Shimasue
IAF Webmaster

Osensei and Einstein

The secret of Aikido, said Osensei, "is to harmonize ourselves with the movement of the universe and bring ourselves into accord with the universe itself." This is, of course, easier said than done. Still, I find Osensei's perspective to be rewarding in Aikido practice, as well as remarkably accurate even from a scientific viewpoint.

For Aikido not to be but an execution of smart tricks to fell an opponent, or an ever so pleasant physical exercise where two persons push each other around (although this is in itself quite amusing), we have to concentrate on the mysterious visions that were Osensei's. Then we notice a sweet accord between the ideals of Aikido and the cosmic world order. In fact, the principles of Aikido fit very well with the modern astronomical theories.

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Obituary - Giorgio Veneri 1937 -2005

Giorgio Veneri was born on 25 February 1937. He began practicing judo at the age of fourteen and continued this through university.

After completing his education he became a teacher of mathematics, but still continued judo. In 1964 Veneri met an aikido teacher, Motokage Kawamukai, and began to practice. With the arrival of Hiroshi Tada in Italy in 1965, Veneri abandoned judo and devoted his whole attention to aikido. He was one of the founder members of the Aikikai of Italy and became one of its earliest yudansha in 1968. He was promoted to 6th dan in 1994.

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Obituary: Mr Paul CN Lee, Presiden of the ROC Aikido Association

It is with deep regret that I have to announce Mr Paul CN Lee, the President of the ROC Aikido Association, passed away on January 20th at the age of 89.

The funeral rites takes place on January 31 in Taipei.

Praying for the repose of his soul,

Hiroshi Somemiya
IAF General Secretary

Obituary: Cottier Shihan

It is with deep regret that I have to announce Mr Kenneth Edward Cottier Shihan, 7th dan, passed away on June 8th at the age of 74.

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Obituary: Okumura Shihan

It is greatly deplorable that Shigenobu Okumura Shihan passed away on 12th 20, 2008.

The funeral rites takes place at 12:30 on August 16th (Sat) at a Koekisha, Yoga-kaikan, 3-6-8 Seta, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo.  (Phone: + 81-3-5491-3070; Fax: + 81-3-5491-7521)

(The vigil takes place at 18:00 on August 15th (Fri) at the same place.)

Praying for the repose of his soul,

Hiroshi Somemiya
IAF General Secretary

We are asked by his family to refrain from presenting flowers.