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Great-grandson of Aikido founder to hold seminar in Manila in June

Photo courtesy of Makati Aikido Club

Photo courtesy of Makati Aikido Club

In celebration of the 50th year of aikido in the Philippines, three of the major aikido organizations in the country are working together for a special seminar in June that will feature four senior aikido masters from Japan, including the great-grandson of aikido’s founder, O-Sensei Morihei Ueshiba.

Waka Sensei Mitsuteru Ueshiba leads the group of masters composed of Hiroshi Fujimaki Shihan, 6th dan black belt, of Japan Aikikai Hombo Dojo, Jun Nomoto Shihan, 7th dan, chief instructor of Satomi Hakkenkai Dojo in Tokyo and Tadashi Komenoi, 6th dan, founder of Aikido Philippines and Sri Lanka Aikido Association and former chief instructor of the Makati Aikido Club, which is organizing the event as part of its own 30th anniversary celebration.

Makati Aikido Club founder John Havan Sensei will also be a special guest at the event.

The masters will teach ten sessions spread out over three days, from June 21 to 23, at the PJF dojo, 3rd floor of the Sports Medicine Building at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum Complex in M. Adriatico St., Malate Manila.

The final session will be devoted to black belt promotion examinations for participants that are qualified. Hiroshi Fujimaki Shihan of the World Aikido Headquarters instructional staff will preside over the examinations.

The event is a joint project of Aikido Philippines, the Filipino Federation of Aikido (FFA) and the Pilipinas Aikido Propagation Association (PAPA).

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