Guillaume Erard is a French biologist (B.Sc., PhD) and budo instructor living and working in Tokyo, Japan. He is the founder of the website GuillaumeErard.com and the associated YouTube Channel. He is Director of Information at the International Aikido Federation and Assistant Secretary for International Affairs at Daito-ryu Aiki-jujutsu Wakimachi Hombu.
Guillaume (born April 13, 1981) began practicing judo at the age of six. He then turned to Aikido at the age of fifteen, in the group led by André Nocquet, the first foreign uchi deshi of Ueshiba Morihei, the founder of Aikido. After completing high school, Guillaume moved to Britain, then to Ireland, to undertake scientific studies. This international experience has allowed him to train under many teachers in different aikido styles, including Aikikai, Yoshinkan and Iwama, as well as other martial arts such as Shotokan Karate and Systema. During this time, Guillaume became the pupil of Alan Ruddock and Henry Kono, two direct students of O Sensei. In 2005, Guillaume Erard met Philippe Gouttard and Christian Tissier, which substantially modified his practice. Guillaume Erard left Ireland in 2010 after obtaining his Ph.D. (Molecular Biology) from University College Dublin, moved to Tokyo, and is currently training at the Hombu Dojo of the Aikikai.
Guillaume Erard teaching a summer seminar in France
At the beginning of 2015, Kei Izawa, the current chairman of the International Aikido Federation, asked Guillaume to come and serve the organization as Director of Information. Guillaume has since worked to promote the activities of the Federation and those of Hombu Dojo.
Guillaume has also been practicing Daito-ryu Aiki-jujutsu for almost a decade. He started in Tokyo in 2008 under the leadership of Kobayashi Kiyohiro, the General Manager of Takumakai. Guillaume also studies Daito-ryu in Shikoku under the direction of Chiba Tsugutaka, Honorary Director of Takumakai. He was appointed by Chiba Sensei as Assistant Secretary for International Affairs at his school, Daito-ryu Aiki-jujutsu Wakimachi Hombu.
Guillaume is regularly teaching during seminars and lectures in France, Belgium, United Kingdom, Ireland, and Japan.
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Interviews and Writings
Chung T’ien Television
Interview on Taiwanese Chung T’ien Television
Interview on Whistlekick
Interview on Tofugu
Interview on Scepticisme Scientifique (in French)
Dragon Magazine Hors Série Spécial Aikido (in French)
- Dragon Magazine HS Aikido numéro 1 (PDF)
- Dragon Magazine HS Aikido numéro 2 (PDF)
- Dragon Magazine HS Aikido numéro 3 (PDF)
- Dragon Magazine HS Aikido numéro 4 (PDF)
Tendance Nomad Business