Video Interview : Janet Clift in Takasaki

I have spent the last week of June in Takasaki, Gunma Prefecture, to participate in the organization of the 12th Congress and Seminar of the International Aikido Federation. I have took this opportunity to sit down with several instructors and conduct some video interviews. The following video is a discussion that I had with Janet Clift, 6th Dan Aikikai.

I met Janet Clift for the first time a few years ago during a trip that she did in to Japan with some of her students. I was delighted to see that she had been selected to teach during the upcoming congress and given that this year's emphasis was on the place of women in Aikido, I could not resist but ask her if she would accept to grant me an interview. Janet Clift is someone who does not actively seek exposure. She confessed that she did not feel very comfortable in front of the camera but thankfully, she decided to accept the interview nonetheless. Due to the fact that I have lived in England and Ireland for several years, we both quickly realized that we shared many acquaintances and experiences, and this really helped getting the conversation going. I am very glad of how the interview turned out and I think that Janet Clift's wonderful personality really comes across.

Guillaume Erard
Author: Guillaume Erard
A resident of Japan for nearly a decade, Guillaume Erard trains at the Aikikai Hombu Dojo, where he received the 5th Dan from Aikido Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba. He also holds a 3rd Dan in Daito-ryu Aiki-jujutsu, the secretive art that Morihei Ueshiba learned from Sokaku Takeda. Erard is the Information Director of the International Aikido Federation and the Deputy Secretary of International Affairs of the Daito-ryu Aiki-jujutsu Shikoku Headquarters. He is also passionate about science and education and holds a PhD in Molecular Biology.
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