Registration from 10.30 1st class 11.00-11.40 – Stuart Lovering. BB 2nd class 11.50-12.30 – John Emmerson. DAN. 3rd class 12.40-13.20 – Don Morgan. BAF 4th class 13.30-14.10 – Jeremy Garmson. KAA 5th class 14.20-15.00 – Eddie McCalla. UKA 6th class 15.10-15.50 – Ian Grubb. BA
The General Assembly of the International Aikido Federation has taken place via electronic means. A new Directing Committee has been elected. 17 countries became IAF Members and 4 countries became IAF Associate Members.
On the 13th of October 2021, 120 participants joined the General Assembly of the International Aikido Federation. Considering the global pandemic, the only solution for joining representatives from countries around the world was through electronic means. Therefore, the platform for the meeting was Zoom and the platform for the confidential voting system was Election Runner.
Aikido Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba, President of the IAF, opened the meeting with a speech and also did the closing remarks.
The official reports of the Chairman, the General Secretary and the Treasurer were approved without objections. Also, the Statute and the Fee Structure were revised in order to keep with current times.
17 new country members joined the IAF: Austria, Azerbaijan, Bolivia, Cuba, India, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Montenegro, Myanmar, Nepal, North Macedonia, Peru, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Turkey and Polynesia.
4 countries joined as IAF Associate Members: Costa Rica, Guatemala, Malta and Tunisia.
A new Directing Committee was elected inside the General Assembly. The new team is as follows:
Chairman – mr. Wilko Vriesman General Secretary – mr. Dorin Marchis Vice Chairman – mr. Kei Izawa Assistant General Secretary – mr. Corrie Human Advisor from Aikikai – mr. Shoichi Kamiya DC Member – ms. Yoko Okamoto DC Member – mr. Charlie McGinnis DC Member – mr. Adam Manikowski DC Member – mr. Frederic Heylbroeck Treasurer – mr. Satoshi Kaga
Dojo-cho Mitsuteru Ueshiba announced the lists of the two Councils members that were appointed by the IAF President:
Senior Council Chairman Tada Hiroshi Shihan Members Yamada Yoshimitsu Shihan Asai Katsuaki Shihan Suganuma Morito Shihan Ozaki Sho Shihan Tony Smibert Shihan Christian Tissier Shihan
For a better organization of the General Assembly, there were 5 online pre-meetings during May-September, that allowed the members to fully discuss and approve topics concerning the activity of the IAF.
The next General Assembly will be in 2024, as according to the original calendar.
On behalf of its member and affiliated organisations in the UK, the JAC Executive wants to thank the outgoing team for its efforts to create interest in, enthusiasm for, and growth of Aikido around the world. The JAC welcomes all the newly affiliated countries and looks forward to working with the new Directing Committee to continue the promotion of Aikido.
While the news is promising, Covid 19 is deadly and likely to be with us for quite some time. Inevitably this will affect our return to AIKIDO practice.
Attached are summary versions of regulatory information from the four UK governments. Because each Government uses differ formatting on its website I have grouped the attachments according to the original format.
It is important to note that each Government has different timetables and regulations.
Please re-familiarise yourself with the Covid 19 information already posted on the JAC website
Wishing you all well and a safe return to practice.
To all JAC member organisation principals, contacts,
Please note that the 2021 JAC AGM is planned for the 2:00pm on Sunday 7th March. Minutes of the 2020 supplementary AGM are attached for reference.
Agenda to be advised closer to the date and attendance is COVID-19 permitting.
However, as a main function of the AGM the positions of the Officers of the Committee are looking for refreshment / re-election and as such the role descriptions and role application forms are attached to this email.
As a function of role rotation these positions should be filled by JAC member organisation members that have not previously filled the roles and as such applications from the BAF or UKA are not included.
If you wish to apply for one of these posts please fill out the form accordingly and email back to the JAC General Secretary (Guy Needler) before the 25th February 2021
2020 has proved the most challenging of years. The first thing I must say is that our deepest sympathies go to all who have been affected by COVID and our thanks to all NHS staff and all key workers who have worked tirelessly during the course of this pandemic.
Since March we have been unable to train in our wonderful art as we normally would do and I know that this has been the longest I have gone without training for the best part of 48 years and I am sure that you are all missing it as much as I am. Of course, some of you have found some very innovative ways of training throughout the year with weapons classes (socially distanced, of course!!) and Zoom classes, which has kept us going.
Hopefully, things will get back on an even keel very soon and we will all be able to come together and train with each other again. It can’t come soon enough.
I hope you all have a great Christmas and New Year.
Stay safe and look after yourself, your loved ones and each other.
While social gatherings of more than six people will be banned in England and Wales (please check your government website for updates in Scotland and Northern Ireland) from 14th September, the government has confirmed that organised sports and activities that have been through return to play protocols can continue, as can organised outdoor sports and physical activity, this includes indoors weapons, Solo Ukemi and Taisabaki exercises in Aikido Dojos.
However, people should not attend these venues “Socially” in groups of more than six.
The reason for the difference is because sports and such activities have stringent plans in place to reduce the risk of COVID-19, and as a result these venues are classed as Covid-secure given the measures introduced.
Please note this could be subject to rapid change.
Note that: when claiming an exemption to wearing a mask for a student or themselves, the Dojo Leaders/Instructors must identify to their JAC member organisation Gen Sec, not the JAC, the following:-
The dojo and instructor concerned
The student who is exempt
Under what basis of the government guidelines they are exempt
That they take full responsibility for that exemption and this is recorded by the dojo leader/instructor and the JAC member organisation.
However, it must be noted that each instructor has ultimate responsibility for the instruction, health and safety, safeguarding and well being of their students whilst in their dojo. This includes decisions made surrounding the wearing of masks, use of sanitiser and other PPE (should it be deemed necessary) whilst practising indoors during the COVID-19 pandemic and adhering to government guidelines.
For reasons of data protection/GDPR this information is confidential but can be used for track and trace should the dojo discover a student who is COVID-19 positive. If this is so they should alert all participants, who should immediately self isolate, and inform the relevant authorities for further direction.
Thank you for your patence in these trying and confusing times. Especially when the government goal posts are changing. It is because of these ever changing goal posts and conflicting information that I have just managed to speak directly to a senior individual in the insurers for detailed clarification of our insurers position. As you can imagine they are all working from home and are difficult at best to contact via phone as a result.
The issue we had is that we are a full contact body art and the classification of our dojo venue locations, with us being in a plethora of different types of venues such as; sports halls, gyms, YMCA’s, purpose built dojos, rented space, arts facilities, church halls and village halls or even our garages, we were therefore classified as being within the 2nd wave of disciplines and facilities to be “Unlocked”.
Having explained that we can describe our various venues as a “sports facility” and that we can practise non contact at a distance, the insurers agreed that we can categorise our dojos as such thereby allowing us to be in the first unlock category.
Basically put, you can open your dojo’s to students from today. There is work to do to support your dojos unlocking though. To open you need to perform the following.
1) Use the JAC Unlock process. See attached.
2) Make sure all students (and instructors) fill out the student indemnity form. This is our track and trace form. See attached.
3) Create a register for each class. Check student indemnity status at each class.
4) Fill out the JAC club declaration and email a copy the JAC General Secretary.
5) Update your risk analysis forms to include the COVID-19 aspects. See attached examples. This may need to be updated as government guidelines or venue facilities change. It should be considered a live document.
6) Gain permission from your venue owners or manager for you to practice indoors. If you rent a property its your landlord! They need to be happy with what you are doing.
7) Your venue may have their own rules that you will need to follow so check with them first.
8) Keep a constant check on your devolved nations governmental guidance on COVID-19 as guidelines will differ between England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
9) Keep your mat area sanitised and clean. Before and after every class.
Please note that social distancing, PPE use and sanitiser etc., should be maintained/used and that we should recommence practice with solo taisabaki and/or ukemi exercises and/or weapons only. Remember – if you can’t hug your grandchildren you can’t practice the body art! 2 meters distance indoors and outdoors is still in place I believe.
Weapons must be sanitsed before and after use, especially club owned weapons. Masks are optional outdoors but compulsory indoors. Pay particular attention to localised lockdown guidelines if in a location where there is a second wave of infection.
Blackburn with Darwen
And Leicester, which is still subject to some restrictions.
Thats it. It looks like a long list but once in the process its quite quick to do.
PLEASE PASS ON TO YOUR MEMBERSHIP
All documentation is available from the JAC Dropbox or from direct download below: