Three NSW Students Go to World Combat Games in Beijing

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Aiki Kai (Australia) Students selected to participate in the IAF demonstration of Aikido at the World Combat Games in Beijing September 2010.

The International Aikido Federation (IAF) recently asked Aikikai Australia to propose four students to participate in the international demonstration of Aikido at the World Combat Games in Beijing. They will represent Australia in a non-competetive demonstration of Aikido by trainees from around the world. The IAF criteria was that the trainees should be between 25 to 40 years of age (some flexibility was allowed) and ranked between shodan and yondan with the capacity to demonstrate a spirited range of Aikido alongside similarly energetic nages and uke's from other nations.

The whole issue of Aikido as a 'sport' was a major consideration so the decision to attend and participate, even as a demonstrating organisation, had been heavily debated at the IAF. When the decision was finally taken there it was with the support of Doshu.

The purpose of the exercise is educational – to demonstrate what Aikido actually is, including the contrast between aikido and the competitive forms of other popular arts. Having noted that participants would have to maintain a high level of form and vigour in their demonstration (and be able to train and take ukemi safely with students from other countries) the TTC has selected the following people from among a number of wonderful examples of trainees from that generation. (None of the participants were told they were under consideration.)

• Chris Seto Payne 4th dan

• Jikou Sugano 4th dan

• Felicity Peters 2nd dan

• Nancy Ho 1st dan

The Chinese hosts will pay travel and accommodation for all participants so that, other than for incidentals, neither Aikikai Australia nor those who represent us should be out of pocket.

Congratulations to Chris, Jikou, Felicity and Nancy! We hope you have a great time and enjoy the chance to meet with other trainees from around the world!

Osensei Quotes

The techniques of Aikido are neither fast nor slow, nor are they inside or outside. They transcend time and space.
Morihei Ueshiba (Osensei)

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