It is with great sadness that we announce that Terence Ezra Shihan, beloved husband of Petra Ezra and father of Terry and Jane Ezra, Aikido sensei to students at Komyokan Dojo, Komyokan Aikido Association and throughout the world, passed away peacefully at home at 1pm UK time on Wednesday 28th December 2022.
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.