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53rd All Japan Aikido Demontration

Written on 23 May 2015 by Guillaume Erard

53rd All Japan Aikido Demontration

The 53rd edition of the All Japan Aikido Demonstration took place on the 23rd of May at the Nippon Budokan. As always, I shot a small number of videos in order ...

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Aikido Events

Kagamibiraki 2015 at the Aikikai Hombu Dojo

Written on 12 January 2015 by Guillaume Erard

Kagamibiraki 2015 at the Aikikai Hombu Dojo

The Kagamibiraki ceremony was held on Sunday, 11th of January at the Aikikai Hombu Dojo in Tokyo. The Kagamibiraki is the first official event of the year at the Aikikai schedule, and in addition to b...

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51st All Japan Aikido Demonstration at the Nippon Budokan

Written on 13 June 2013 by Guillaume Erard

51st All Japan Aikido Demonstration at the Nippon Budokan

In my last article covering the Aiki Taisai in Iwama, I had made the promise to report on it, so here are the highlights of the 51st All Japan Aikido Demonstration that was recently held at the Nippon...

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Aiki-Jinja Tai-Sai Festival 2013 in Iwama

Written on 30 April 2013 by Guillaume Erard

Aiki-Jinja Tai-Sai Festival 2013 in Iwama

Like every year, I am meeting my colleagues and friends from the Hombu Dojo at Ueno station on a warm morning of April in order to take the train that will lead us to the town of Iwama in the Ibaraki ...

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Japanese Budo Demonstration for the reopening of the Tokyo Budokan

Written on 15 August 2012 by Guillaume Erard

Japanese Budo Demonstration for the reopening of the Tokyo Budokan

The Tokyo Budokan (not to be confused with the Nippon Budokan) is a sports facility that primarily hosts martial arts exhibitions and competitions. It is located in the Higashi Ayase Metropolitan Park...

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Christian Tissier Shihan's promotion to 8th Dan put on hold

Written on 16 July 2012 by Guillaume Erard

Christian Tissier Shihan's promotion to 8th Dan put on hold

Christian Tissier has recently published an open letter to the heads of the French Aikido in response to the recent polemic surrounding his potential promotion to the 8th Dan. Since I find his attitud...

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50th All Japan Aikido demonstration at the Nippon Budokan

Written on 26 May 2012 by Guillaume Erard

50th All Japan Aikido demonstration at the Nippon Budokan

This year marked the fiftieth edition of the great annual demonstration of the All Japan Aikido Embukai. The event was held as usual at Tokyo's Nippon Budokan, the legendary place of martial arts and ...

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Aiki-jinja Taisai ceremony in Iwama (Ibaraki 2012)

Written on 28 April 2012 by Guillaume Erard

Aiki-jinja Taisai ceremony in Iwama (Ibaraki 2012)

Along with the Shinobukai, the Aiki-jinja Taisai is one of the yearly events that commemorate the death of the founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba (26th of April 1969) and that of his son, Kisshomaru (...

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Kangeiko 2012, the mid-winter training at the Aikikai Hombu Dojo

Written on 05 February 2012 by Guillaume Erard

Kangeiko 2012, the mid-winter training at the Aikikai Hombu Dojo

Every year, the Aikikai Hombu Dojo holds a kangeiko (寒稽古), a special period of training taking place over the coldest days of winter. During this 10-days period, practitioners are encouraged to practi...

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Budo demonstrations at the Nippon Budokan Kagamibiraki 2011

Written on 10 January 2011 by Guillaume Erard

Budo demonstrations at the Nippon Budokan Kagamibiraki 2011

Every year, the Nippon Budokan holds one of the most important events in the Japanese Budo world: the Kagamibiraki (鏡開き). The demonstration is usually scheduled at the end of the winter break and this...

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Aiki-Jinja Taisai Aikido celebration in Iwama (2010)

Written on 29 May 2010 by Jordy Delage

Aiki-Jinja Taisai Aikido celebration in Iwama (2010)

One of the most important yearly Aikido memorial events is the Aiki Jinja Tai Sai Festival that occurs on the 29th of April at the Aikido shrine in Iwama in the province of Ibaraki. The Aiki Jinja is ...

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48th All Japan Aikido Demonstration at the Nippon Budokan

Written on 22 May 2010 by Guillaume Erard

48th All Japan Aikido Demonstration at the Nippon Budokan

The annual All Japan Aikido Demonstration took place like every year at the legendary Nippon Budokan (日本武道館). All the afternoon, a succession of demonstrations were of course performed by many prestig...

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Shinobukai, memorial evening in memory of the founder at the Aikikai

Written on 29 April 2010 by Guillaume Erard

Shinobukai, memorial evening in memory of the founder at the Aikikai

In Japan, the months of April and May are quite busy in celebrations. Within the Aikido world, there are also a few events that are worth noting such as the anniversary of the founder's passing on Apr...

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Guillaume Erard's last class in Dublin

Written on 18 May 2009 by Guillaume Erard

Guillaume Erard's last class in Dublin

After more than five years spent practicing and teaching Aikido in Ireland, I gave my very last class on Monday, May 18, 2009. Practice took place at the dojo Foley Street that I had founded two years...

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Guillaume Erard opens a new dojo in Dublin's city centre

Written on 27 September 2007 by Guillaume Erard

Guillaume Erard opens a new dojo in Dublin's city centre

As some of you may know, Cyril Lagrasta and I recently opened a few weeks ago. It is located in Dance Ireland, Foley Street, Dublin 1. Today I will give you a little insight of how things are going ov...

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