This section contains reports I wrote about the latest Aikido courses that I attended around the world.
On this first weekend of February 2008, Christian Tissier came to teach a seminar in the beautiful city of Brussels. He was invited by the French Association of Aikido (AFA); it had indeed been a few years since Christian Tissier had not stepped on the Brussels tatami. The practitioners eagerly were waiting of course and for many other reasons, this weekend was to be quite exceptional.
For its final seminar for 2007, the Dublin Aikikai Aikido welcomed Marc Bachraty, 5th dan FFAAA. Marc is a part of the rising generation of French Aikido teachers and his technical and human qualities make him a very thought after instructor in France, Europe and beyond. The last time we saw Marc in Dublin was last June when his own Sensei, Christian Tissier Shihan, came to the Irish capital for his first ever course on the island. The Irish Aikidoka had been since eagerly waiting for Marc Bachraty's return as a teacher this time.
It has been a while since we have had news from Dublin. Now is time for an update as the Irish capital just welcomed the technical director from the Rhône-Alpes region of France for the FFAAA, the discrete yet very accessible Luc Mathevet (6th Dan Aikikai). Luc Mathevet has been coming to Ireland for over a decade now and each time, he goes through great efforts in order to share his technical advice and explain to the attendees the mechanisms of his sharp movements. Luc Mathevet also shares with Philippe Gouttard the function of technical director of the Dublin Aikikai and it is thanks to his help that the group has managed to occupy an important place in the Irish Aikido landscape.
At the beginning of July, just like every year for ten years running, a group of fanatical aikidoka went to Mèze (Hérault, France) for a week of intensive training under heavy sun. The Taurus site, near the lake of Thau, is once again welcoming over a hundred aikidoka trainers on over 1000m² of mats.
After Brighton in England where Tissier Shihan gave a seminar four months ago, it was now Dublin's turn to host a two days course with the French master. At the Dublin Aikikai Aikido, we had been preparing the event since last October and it turned out to be the largest ever Aikido seminar to take place in Ireland! Here is an account of this fantastic weekend.
Saturday the 3rd of March 2007 was the date of the very first Aikido seminar conducted by Christian Tissier Shihan within the United Kingdom. The organization responsible for making this event happen is the Brighton Aikikai and this seminar marks the twentieth year collaboration between this group and the French Aikido Federation (FFAAA). This event was a magnificent opportunity for over 230 practitioners originating from multiple styles and organizations to practice together. We came especially from Ireland in order to share this moment with our British friends and we did well because this event was inspiring on many levels.