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
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
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.
AIKI FRIENDS MEETING
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
So joint practice is one of the best events for aiki
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.
SUMMER CAMP - 2018
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
Trainings were organized and conducted
as a Japanese instructor personnel and instructors
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".
INTERNATIONAL ATTESTATION SEMINAR AIKIDO KOBAYASHI
DOJO ON SAKHALIN
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
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
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 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
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.
IX FAR EAST AIKIDO CONGRESS
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
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.