New Video: A Day with IAF Chairman Professor Goldsbury
Peter Goldsbury is the chairman of the International Aikido Federation. He is also a philosophy professor at the University of Hiroshima and one of the very few westerners who have successfully setup a dojo in Japan.
I first met Peter Goldsbury online when researching for my biography of Kisshomaru Ueshiba. I only met him in person a few years later when I started to work for the International Aikido Federation as its Media Manager and Archiving Director. Perhaps because of the fact that I was partly educated in the United Kingdom, I quickly felt a close connection with him and we quickly started to exchange about Britain and Aikido. We soon decided to meet again and to put on tape some of our discussions and I traveled to his town of Hiroshima to conduct a lengthy interview.
Guillaume Erard with Peter Goldsbury
We probably talked over four hours during that day and we discussed about his beginnings and Aikido in Japan. It was a wonderful opportunity for me to be able to pick the brains of one of the most prominent Aikido historians. I hope that you will enjoy this video.
Interview with Peter Goldsbury – Part 2
In the second video, I asked Professor Goldsbury to explain, in the light of his research and that of others, how Aikido was really created and how it evolved. This is a very complex topic and the viewer will require some preliminary knowledge about the life of Ueshiba Morihei in order to make the most of this discussion, but I hope that it will help people to have a more historically accurate view of the origin of their art.