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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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