4th General Assembly meeting in Papendaal
The European Aikido Federation had its 4th General Assembly meeting in Papendaal, the Netherlands last Sunday, 18 June, in the presence of one of its senior counselors, Christian Tissier Shihan.
The EAF statutes were amended in order to facilitate the accession of associate Members of the IAF and HROs from EU candidate countries, provided that they meet all other conditions of membership. The EAF family is now enlarged with Aikiaki Hungary and Malta Aikikai.
Interesting topics were discussed, such as the outcome of the Erasmus funded project GendAi, a small collabarative partnership that produced valuable guidelines on how to attract and retain women to aikido, based on research and experience.
The Members agreed to set up a database of European aikido instructors who will receive a certificate to help instructors mobility accros the European Union.
The EAF is grateful to Aikido Bond Nederland for hosting the event.
- Gergő Pasqualetti
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
Visit to the International Aikido Summer Camp
Minister Ogawa has attended to The International Aikido Summer Camp held at the ADEPS Sports Center “La Fraineuse” in Spa in the company of Mrs. Valérie Glatigny (Minister of Youth and Sports).