What Foreigners Want Most to Know About O-Sensei

In the recent Aiki Shimbun published in Japanese by Hombu Dojo, I read with interest an interview with Aikido Doshu, Kisshomaru Ueshiba, and Mr. Guy Bonnefond, Chairman of the International Aikido Federation. Through Mr. Bonnefond’s comments it is possible to gain a glimpse of the Aikido organizational structure of Europe in general, and France in particular. The status of Aikido in that country, where the French government recognizes qualified teachers, authorizes promotions, etc., is quite unlike that of Japan and North America where a relatively free atmosphere exists as far as government involvement in the art is concerned.

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