Aikido Embu-kai, October 2, 2016
Igarashi-dojocho and Masahiro Irie participated in the 12th Aikido
International Federation Congress last October 2 at the new arena
near Takasaki station in Gunma prefecture.
Despite being hotter than usual for an October day, the arena
was packed with more than 1000 attendees from Japan and abroad.
Aikido Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba Sensei conducted a seminar in the
morning, and demonstrations from the participating groups were
performed in the afternoon.
Hombu Shihans demostrated, followed by the prefectural federations
in Japan. Igarashi-dojocho and Irie demonstrated as part of the
All the instructors at the congress performed their Jiyu Waza-enbu
after the demonstrations of the participating IAF member organizations.
Moriteru Ueshiba Doshu Sensei closed the event with a magnificent
The farewell party was held at the Hotel Metropolitan in the
Takasaki station building and more than 1000 people were present.
Old acquaintances, local and foreign teachers gathered around
Igarashi-dojocho to renew ties and exchange pleasantries while
enjoying the beverages. The conversation was so enjoyable that
we almost missed the dinner.
The 2 hour party ended too quickly. We look forward to the next
congress four years from now.¡¡
(Masahiro Irie ; IGARASHI DOJO Shidoin)