Recommended reading: “The IAF – Some Reflections” by Peter Goldsbury

The article below written by International Aikido Federation Chairman Peter Goldsbury has been selected from the extensive archives of the Online Aikido Journal. We believe that an informed readership with knowledge of the history, techniques and philosophy of aikido is essential to the growth of the art and its adherence to the principles espoused by Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba.

What I am saying is that aikido is a living, breathing art and that conflicts occur. This fact should be recognised. Conflicts cannot simply be pushed under the tatami in the hope that they will go away. Many disputes arise because of lack of communication and I have suggested that an autocratic structure which places great emphasis on the role of the individual shihan makes ‘bottom upwards’ communication very difficult. By providing as one of its functions a general forum for communication among aikido organisations and between aikido organisations, aikido shihans, and the Aikikai Hombu, the IAF can be a source of support for these organisations, for the shihans, and also for the Hombu. A vast reserve of trust and goodwill towards the Aikikai has been built up over the years from many thousands of aikidoists overseas & their teachers. This is something which needs to be protected and nurtured and the IAF has an important role to play in this.

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  1. …right. The top-down structure of dojos basically means that if you don’t fit, you should probably “get off the line” by leaving.

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