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WELCOME TO

KAISHUKAN AIKIDO DOJO

A Member Of

THE BRITISH AIKIDO FEDERATION

Under The Direction Of

Kanestuka Shihan (8th Dan Hombu)

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The British Aikido Federation

 

The British Aikido Federation was founded in 1968 and was originally called the Aikikai of Great Britain. The reason for this title was that the word "Aikikai" (meaning Aiki Association ) was a common theme throughout the world and peculiar to the organizations set up by the Aikido so Honbu. Japan. The change in the name of the British Organization was due to our national politics.

It was felt that the word "Federation" would be more easily recognized by the government bodies with which we were dealing. The Aikikai of Great Britain as it was, was founded by O' Sensei's delegated representative to Great Britain Chiba Kazuo. who arrived in Britain around 1966. Chiba Shihan left Great Britain around 1976 to return to Japan. He left the organization in the capable hands of Kanetsuka Minoru who was at that time the Head of National Coaches. Kanetsuka Shihan has himself developed over the years and is now a highly respected practitioner of Aikido in his own right. His dogged determination to follow the original guidance given to him by Chiba Shihan and his openness of mind allowing him to accept instruction and advice from all quarters has developed him into a unique individual with a deep and profound understanding of the more subtle aspects of Aikido.

The examining body for Grading is the B.A.F. Technical Committee, which comprises of Shidoin at National Level. Below this there is also a level of Fukushidoin who operate within their own areas under the guidance of Kanetsuka Shihan and the Shidoin. The B.A.F. also run a system of monitoring instructors at Dojo level these instructors are certified annually and part of the requirements is that they attend a required amount of Instructors courses during that year. The B.A.F. is constantly reap¬≠praising the  effectiveness of the technical structure of the organization in order to give the best possible instruction to its members.

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