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02 - 09.10.2018

TOKYO - 2018

Nikaido Mitsuru sensei's seminar hold in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk in late September gave Sakhalin aikidokas significant positive charge prior to autumn training trip to Tokyo. This trip to Hombu Dojo tied with 50th Anniversary of Aikido Kobayashi Dojo was planned by Sakhalin Aikido Federation for the period of October 2-9, 2018.

The schedule of this traditional trip included 13 practical classes. Classes in Hombu Dojo were at the early morning. Those who came to Homby Dojo at the first time got acquainted with training process led by grand children of O Sensei. More experienced aikidokas got excellent opportunity to practice with uchi deshi.


SFA members also practiced in Kobayashi Dojo; friendly and informal atmosphere made positive impact on training process and practice of aiki skills.


Anniversary seminar in Tokorozawa Budokan Center became the culmination point of the classes in Aikido Kobayashi Dojo. This event united over 370 persons from over 20 countries of the world. SFA members obtained the unique opportunity to practice, make acquaintance and simply talk with colleagues from various countries. Actually there was represented almost all the world on tatami - from East to West and from North to South.


Sightseeing program of this trip could have been usual if it did not include travel to Iwama town in Ibaraki province. It better to use the word travel since it took quite long time to get there and the difference between hurrying Tokyo and calm Iwama was so bright. It seemed quite clear why O Sensei leaved Tokyo for this town. Still active Aiki Shine and Aiki Dojo built by O Sensei were also amazing. Their tatami still hosts practical classes and seminars.


Generally it would be fair to note dynamic start of 2018/2019 study year in SFA. The impressions from September event and October trip to Tokyo are calming down, but SFA members are preparing themselves for another, the third in this season event - the seminar led by Fabrice Groize to be hold on October 26 and 27, 2018 in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.

Definitely every such event, seminar, trip has positive impact on progress of each and every aikidoka, accelerates the technical progress at any level. However these events are aimed, first of all, on those who prepare themselves for dan tests. The next dan test in SFA is scheduled on April-May 2019.


On September 21-23 Sakhalin Aikido Federation hosted seminar led by Nikaido Mitsuru sensei (5 dan aikido aikikai).

Japanese masters made and still making significant impact on training of Sakhalin aikidokas. In particular Nikaido sensei was giving classes for SFA members in the late 90's and early 2000's.
So joint practice is one of the best events for aiki friends' meeting.

Nikaido sensei gave 6 classes during these days. Two of them were for the youngest aikidokas. Sensei emphasised attention on the basic elements.

Friendly and easy style of teaching helped participants to catch the key points and information and motivated not only children, but adults as well to practice at the classes.

Despite tight schedule the participants did all their best to avoid missing a single class.

Four "adult" classes were devoted practice of hands and hips manipulations. Sensei's approach was based on change of direction from moving up to moving down, it was the red line of the practice, so some of participants called it "Up & Down" practice.

In conclusion of the seminar Nikaido sensei gave good wishes to the participants, asked them to follow his advises and keep in mind pair nature of aikido practice.

In reply to the words of gratitude sensei expressed his hope that the knowledge and skills received by the participants of seminar will serve to further progress of Sakhalin Aikido Federation.


Traditional Aikido summer camp had been held in the period from 11 to 21 July 2018.
Sapporo (Japan) had been chosen as the place of event.
27 young aikidokas at age from 8 to 15 years took part in the camp this year.
The organizers of the camp were Sakhalin Aikido Federation (Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk) and Hassamu dojo (Sapporo).
Program camp session, in addition to daily training sessions in aikido, included a large number of cultural events.

Trainings were organized and conducted as a Japanese instructor personnel and instructors from Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.
Under the guidance of Sakashita Kaoru sensei Sakhalin aikidoists comprehend the nuances of basic aikido techniques - Kihon Waza.
Trainings by Sakhalin instructors were directed not only at the technical aspect of Aikido, but also on the special physical training young aikidokas.
Much attention was paid to education in the classroom speed, coordination abilities of the children and their special endurance.
There were 7 group excursions, in which the children were able to learn more not only about Aikido and Japan, but also about the world.
The excursion program includes visits to the historical village of Hokkaido, Maruyama Zoo, Museum of Science and Technology for Children, winter sports museum on Mount Okurayama, Sapporo City Aquarium, the largest Templar complex in Hokkaido "Hokkaido Jingu".


On April 19 - 21, 2018 Sakhalin Aikido Federation hosted IX International Attestation Seminar led by Yamawaki Hisashi Shihan (6 dan, Tokyo). The venue of this event was Specialized Children and Youth Sports School of the Olympic Reserve (Greco-Roman Wrestling). Initially Sakhalin Aikido Federation planned the seminar to be led by two teachers, however Yasuo Kobayashi So Shihan could not visit Sakhalin due to health circumstances. All members of SFA wish Yasuo So Shihan soonest recovery.

By the set time seminar gathered significant number of participants from Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Korsakov, Khabarovsk, Komsomolsk on Amur and Blagoveschensk.

During three days of the event Yamawaki Shihan gave seven intensive classes. The teacher is well known for his serious requirements to the quality of basic technical elements of aikido since they are foundation for the following progress. Yamawaki Shihan set up the priorities as follows: the first classes were devoted to interaction with partner and control of balance. Then intensity of classes was growing up. Practical exercises were realized in flow mode when participants practiced in groups one by one without stop.

Sensei paid special attention to the practice with traditional weapon (boken, jo, tanto) as dan promotion tests include techniques with it. On the final day of the seminar candidates for 1, 2 and 3 dan successfully passed through the promotion tests. Yamawaki Shihan allowed other participants to attend the tests with one unchanged condition - no photo, no video.

At the evening of April 21 sensei gave final class within the seminar. The event was good and dynamic, it flew at one breath - same as previous ones.

However this time seminar was not similar to the previous ones: it coincided with SFA's 25 th anniversary.

At the midday of April 22 big hall of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk Specialized Children and Youth Sports School of the Olympic Reserve (Greco-Roman Wrestling) hosted the celebration of this event. There was atmosphere of good wishes, friendly smiles and sincere gratitude. Everything was planned in details: show presenters Olga Kolosova and Georgy Rumyantsev captured everyone's attention inviting the guests to historical excursion, award path and demonstration show on tatami.

Yamawaki Shihan congratulated members of SFA and handed 5 Dan Certificate to Yuri Misaylov, SFA Chairman, who is the founder of aiki movement in Sakhalin.

In the turn Yuri Misaylov told the guests about two other persons in the celebration hall who were together with him at the beginning of the way to the world of aikido. They are Em Dyu Sa and Viktor Misaylov. Yuri Misaylov's speech caused long applause. 25 years ago they were beginner enthusiasts and now - a team of qualified professionals. These three persons together with their tem of instructors involved into aiki world a lot of people from Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.

High technical level of young aikidokas was proved out by various demonstrations within the anniversary - there were serious technical demonstrations as well as staged ones.

In conclusion show presenters invited the guests to gather after another five years to celebrate the 30-th anniversary of SFA. Guests of the event, colleagues and friends came from other cities of the Far East Region said a lot of good and kind words to the heroes of the occasion and cheerfully accepted the invitation.

To make the next anniversary happen Yuri and Viktor Misaylov together with the team of instructors and members of SFA continue their routine, day to day training work. SFA team is in process of intensive preparation to practice & training trip to Tokyo in October 2018 to attend the classes given by Kobayashi Yasuo So Shihan and other teachers.

Good luck!




Far East Aiki Congress became traditional event for aikidokas from Khabarovsk, Sakhalin, Komsomolsk on Amur, Blagoveschensk and Vladivostok. Annually, during New Year holidays Khabarovsk Regional Aikido Federation hosts participants of the Congress in their dojo.

This year the dates of event were January 04 - 07, Congress consisted of 13 practical classes for children and adults led by Valery Bastrakov (4 dan, Khabarovsk), Michail Gorshkov (4 dan, Blagoveschensk), Yuri Misaylov (4 dan, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk), Alexei Rezepov (4 dan, Komsomolsk on Amur), Viktor Misaylov (3 dan, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk), Sergey Pristavkin (2 dan, Khabarovsk), Evgeny Zotin (3 dan, Vladivostok).

Congress during three days gave participants an opportunity to practice basic aikido techniques at classes given by aiki instructors of various styles: aikikai, iwama, sin-sin toitsu.

The participants could look at technical actions, they used to do in their routine practice, from diferent point of view.


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