European Aikido Federation
Helping people and organisations to harness the transformative power of Aikido
Statement from Jerzy Pomianowski, the Chairman of the EAF, regarding the situation in Ukraine.
“The European Aikido Federation stands in solidarity with Ukraine and its people. In these trying times, we are once again reminded of the strength and resilience of the people fighting for their homes, land and freedom.
Aikido is the path of peace that rejects any aggression. We urge the aikido community in Russia to be brave and rise demanding the ruler in the Kremlin to stop the war immediately.
We are proud of our Members, especially in countries neighbouring with Ukraine, that are helping in the midst of the biggest wave of war refugees since WWII by opening their hearts, homes and dojos to accommodate people in need."
Kuribayashi Camp in Budapest
On the second weekend of March, Aikikai Hungary organized a seminar with Takanori Kuribayashi Shihan (7th dan). It was a highly anticipated event, and due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the seminar had not been held since 2020, despite being the annual major seminar in Hungary.
A total of 209 people from 16 countries attended the seminar, offering all participants the opportunity to train with partners of different nationalities, genders, and ages. Kuribayashi Shihan actively walked around the dojo, observing, helping, and throwing us, which gave everyone the chance to practice directly with him.
The four training sessions were highly diverse and instructive. They included not only techniques, but also breathing exercises, Japanese etiquette, and group practice. There was a wide variety of techniques, from kihon to many interesting variations of them. Through these variations, we were able to learn how to use our bodies while staying flexible, maintaining contact with our partners, and keeping a strong center.
Overall, the seminar was a great success and a valuable learning experience for all who attended.
- Adrienn Szakács
EAF is the association of European National Aikido organisations serving to promote the art of Aikido and provide assistance to its members on the EU level.
Video message of Tibor Navracsics, EU Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport to EAF members about Aikido
... It is very promising to see that Aikido organizations across Europe mobilize their members to get more and more involved in the European week of sport promoting physical activity for a healthier society in Europe.
I have recently had the opportunity to visit an Erasmus+ project that promotes Aikido as a tool to reduce aggression in schools. It's a brave initiative that demonstrates how Aikido can contribute to mitigate pressing problems of our society.
Building a strong bridge between physical activities and education is one of our most important priorities. Aikido being a spiritual martial art has an enormous potential to support this objective. That is why I was very happy to learn that several national Aikido Federation's from the EU decided to revive and reform the European Aikido Federation.
.. [We] remember that both the European communities and Aikido were born in the aftermath of World War two when Europe and Japan were suffering unprecedented damages the peoples of Europe and of Japan shared a deep desire for peace ... "