A blog with some news, reports and articles from the Aikido community around the world.
Edited by Lawrence Warry & Ze'ev Erlich

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

September 2010

1.0 Three Legends Depart the Budo World

We start with sad news as, during the summer, three legendary figures of aikido and budo passed away: Aikido masters Tamura Shihan and Sugano Shihan and legendary judoka Anthon Geesink.

Passing Away of Tamura Shihan (9th of July 2010).

At the age of 77, Tamura shihan passed away in France. Tamura Sensei is one of the great legendary uchideshi of O-Sensei who brought Aikido to the world. His influence in propagating and teaching aikido is overwhelming. Aikido has lost a very significant figure. Our heartfelt condolences go out to family and friends of Tamura shihan.

Passing Away of Sugano Shihan (in New York City on August 29th 2010).

The following notice has been posted on the Australian Aikikai site announcing his death:

“Sugano Shihan has passed away in New York. He challenged illness with great courage, then passed away peacefully, in the arms of his family. Sensei touched and changed the lives of generations of aikido students around the world. We were privileged to know him.”

Our heartfelt condolences go out to family and friends of Sugano shihan.

Passing Away of Anthon Geesink (26th of August 2010)

Dutch judo Olympic champion Anton Geesink, the first non-Japanese to win a world judo championship, has died at the age of 76. Dutch state broadcaster NOS said Geesink, an International Olympic Committee (IOC) member since 1987, died on Friday from a brief illness after spending the past few weeks in hospital. Geesink shocked the Japanese judo establishment by winning a world championship title in 1961, the first non-Japanese to do so, and won a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics in 1964. Anton Geesink has a street in Utrecht, The Netherlands, named after him and, there you can find the location of the CABN’s aikido training dojo, the Anton Geesink dojo. A representative of the CABN attended Geesinks funeral in his honour.

2.0 CABN Members attend World Combat Games in China

The Dutch man, Marcel Reijers, and Bulgarian lady, Silvia Marton, (both ranked 4th dan) have been selected to participate on the 30th and 31st of August together with other Dutch Aikido group representatives at the 2010 World Combat Games in China. From the whole world, only 80 Aikidokas were selected. The new 4-yearly event is taking place this year in Peeking from the 28th of August until the 4th of September. This event was made possible with the influence of the World Games organisation. The 5 Dutch representatives join the group under the supervision of the internationally famous aikido personalities, Tissier Shihan (France) and Yokota Shihan (Japan).

During the combat games, thirteen different martial disciplines (Aikido, Boxing, Jiu Jitsu, Judo, Karate, Kendo, Kick Boxing, Muay Thai, Sambo, Sumo, Taekwondo, Wrestling and Wushi) will be demonstrated at a high level. The event is competition oriented and has an olympic style medal presentation scheme. This feature, makes the Aikido participation exceptional since it is not a fighting sport and not a competitive sport. Therefore, it has been given a special place in the games as a dynamic and spectacular self-defense art, only for demonstration.

We wish Marcel and Silvia a successful visit to China and safe return home.

3.0 Aikido Trip Reviews (August 2010)


If you want to combine a pleasant beach resort with sunshine and Aikido, then the seminar
at Caldes d'Estrac near Barcelona is the place for you. In addition, you get quality aikido teaching from
top teacher: Stephanne Benedetti, a former close student of Tamura shihan. The dojo is refreshingly located outside under large trees, keeping the training under the shade and in the cool breeze (quite welcome in the heat). There is an international atmosphere at this seminar as many people from accross Europe and beyond (including Ukraine and Russia) attended and this enrichened the social moments
between training.
For photos of the event, click here:


Yamashima Sensei is travelling so much these days to enjoy Aikido as much as he can while the
humidity of Tokyo is unbearable. I met Yamashima Sensei in Geneva last weekend.
He explained to me that he prefers to travel around during the summer because this is the time when weather conditions in Tokyo don't allow the practise of Aikido. Yamashima sensei's flowing and centred movement is sought after by many people and he becomes more and more a popular sensei around the world. Yamashima sensei will also be making further trips soon in Europe (see annoucements below).
Thanks to Rodolphe Peyvel of the Geneva group for bringing Yamashima Sensei to Geneva this summer.

For photos of this event, click here:

4.0 Announcements

In September, Yamashima Sensei, 7th dan Aikikai will be making a north European tour to England, Germany and Holland with the following schedule.

September 4th & 5th: Manchester, England (Internet:
September 11th & 12th: Bath, England (Internet:
September 14th-15th: Düsseldorf, Germany (contact Frank
September 16th: Bremen, Germany (contact Frank
September 17th: Lübeck, Germany (contact Frank
September 18th & 19th: Hamburg, Germany (Internet:
September 20th, 21st & 22nd: The Hague, Amsterdam, Rijswijk and Dordrecht, Holland (Email:

In October, the Israeli Aikikai Aikido Organisation hosts for the second time Thailand and East Asia's supervising shihan,Fukakusa shihan, 7th dan Aikikai. The seminar takes place on the 7th to 9th of October. More news about this seminar coming soon. Contact Ze'ev Erlich for more information (

In November (12 - 14 November 2010), Christian Tissier shihan, 7th dan Aikikai, shall be giving a seminar at the dojo of Serge Beraud in Singapore. Because this seminar is likely to be fully booked, the announcement comes well in advance. Please read the following message from the organisers. Early bird registration is now over. Registration for this seminar after the 1st of September is S$200. Student discount 50% applies. Seminar will take place at The Swiss Club. For more info, registration and payment please follow, email info@mumeishudan.comor call (+65) 9112-1193.


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