New Year wishes from the Chairman

To all members and friends,
This once again is the time we look forward to the New Year, and indeed a new decade. But it is also a time for reflection on the passed year. It was possibly the worst year for the BAF since our founding. The passing of Kanetsuka Shihan was a great loss to his natural family and to his Aikido family and leaves a huge hole in the hearts of both families. We in the BAF will honour Sensei’s legacy by continuing to study hard to understand the principles of Sensei’s practice which he had worked hard to share with us over the years he was with us. We hope one day we may grasp a part of Sensei’s teaching and know he would have been happy with our progress… in that way at least, we can repay Sensei for his teaching.

Now we look forward to the New Year and indeed a New Era for the BAF and us all. For the first time since our foundation we are without a Japanese Shihan at our head. We are moving into new territory which will be a learning period for us all. So I ask everyone to be patient as we work to develop the situation we find ourselves in, for all our members. Most important is that we continue to work on our practice, to develop our BAF instructors, to strengthen the BAF membership working with you the members, and to continue our connection with the Hombu and it’s visiting Shihan.
This is not only for the New Year but the New Decade

Many thanks for your support to each and every member.
A Happy New Year and I hope in Harmony to all.

Peter Gillard
BAF Chairman

Seasons Greetings from the IAF

Dear IAF member friends,
As we look back upon the past year, we would like to acknowledge those who have
helped us shape our initiatives. Thanks for a great year, and we wish you all the best as
we embark on 2020.
The global environment surrounding Aikido keeps changing and bringing new
challenges and opportunities. The IAF has taken the task to work closer, more than
ever, with Aikikai Hombu Dojo under the leadership of Doshu and Dojocho. We have
also received numerous suggestions and collaboration to our initiatives from our
members and this has allowed us to have a fruitful year as you have seen from our 6
month reports.
The team representing you all is small and budget is limited but we have tried to
dedicate our time and efforts in anticipation of the coming challenges and prepare to
take on actions that matters and that will be of great importance to Aikikai in general.
While we have not been able to focus equally to all the regions of the world, we have
embarked to try and expand our scope of geographic coverage as well as on topics as
you will see in the International Aikido Summit of 2020.
IAF is a member based organization for friendship but as Aikikai continues to recognize
newer organizations around the world, it becomes crucial for us, not only to provide the

platform for friendship and activities but to extend some coverage to those who are
Aikikai recognized entities that are outside of the current IAF structure. As Doshu
directed “all those Aikikai recognized entities that wish to join IAF, should be able to join
IAF, if they so desire” is a mission for IAF. This directive matches the requirements of
the international organizations such as GAISF that expect that our IAF members
represent the largest share of Aikido practitioners in each country.
IAF, under the directions of Aikikai, will strive to promote a stronger Aikikai identity
through the web and through some events and activities. Your assistance, contributions
and suggestions will always be welcome.
During the holiday season, our thoughts turn gratefully to those who have made our
success possible. It is in this spirit that we say thank you and best wishes for the
holidays and New Year.
Best regards,
Kei Izawa
Chairman
International Aikido Federation

New Club in Preseli

Opening in the new year Preseli Aikido.

The Dojo head is Alice Courvoisier, 1st Dan Aikikai and Level 2 Aikido coach for the British Aikido Federation.

Alice started her Aikido journey in 2002 and has been training under the direction of Sensei Ken Marsden, 6th Dan, Shihan, whilst living in Yorkshire until June 2019 (www.yorkshire-aikikai.com). She regularly attends the British Aikido Federation Summer School in August and other national courses.

Full details can be found at Preseli Aikido

Kanetsuka Family message

Following the sad events earlier in the year when the Kanetsuka Family and the BAF lost Kanetsuka Sensei, members of the BAF may wish to read the letter from the family.

Dear BAF Senior Committee,

We hope this email finds you well, despite the weather we have been experiencing recently.

This is an open letter from the Kanetsuka family and may be reproduced and distributed within the BAF as you deem appropriate.

Now that some time has passed since the funeral, we, the family, wished to express our sincerest thanks for the BAF’s support through such a difficult and emotional chapter.
As is always the case with such events, there is never one correct or ‘good’ way to handle all of the various arrangements, invitations and communication that is required. However, we are acutely aware that it would not have been possible without the unwavering support of the BAF, with special thanks, of course, to the Senior Committee members. We feel that we were able to pay our respects to the wonderful father, husband and sensei that he has been to us all, to the best of our ability under such circumstances.

Further to this, the family are indebted to the BAF for the all of the kindness, help and support, both inside and outside of the dojo, across the many years and decades gone. This year’s Summer School will surely have a different air to it, and it is our hope that whilst this will be a year of remembrance and reflection, it will also be a year that marks the continuation and the future development of the Federation across the many years and decades to come.
Far from being a ‘brief candle’, we, the family, look forward to taking on this splendid torch and keeping it burning as brightly as he did for future generations – as we hope you all will too!

While it is not her intention to be actively involved in the BAF, Mami will of course make herself available if there is any need at all.

With our deepest and most heartfelt regards to each and every member of the British Aikido Federation,

The Kanetsuka family


Our Chairman’s response…

Dear Toby,

On behalf of the committee and the members of the BAF,
thank you for your email.
It was a privilege to work alongside you and all of Sensei’s family during that sad time and share all our feelings of loss.
In many ways I believe we are all part of Sensei’s family, I hope you don’t mind me saying.

As you mentioned this year’s Summer School will approached with mixed feelings. The joy of coming together to practise and the feeling of a large imported part missing. That of our long time instructor, guide and friend our
Kanetsuka Sensei.

Mami tells me she is find it hard at moment it will take some time I’m sure but our thoughts are with her and we hope when she is ready she will return to practice.

It is up to us now to face the reality of his passing and to pay back all we owe him by taking the BAF and our practice forward in to the future with his legacy and to try our best to live up to his hopes that one day we may understand what he had worked hard to share with us.

It was very special to met all Sensei’s family it was a pity at such a sad time but I hope you know you welcome to keep in touch with the BAF as we go forward knowing your father will always be with us in spirit

Deepest Regards
Peter Gillard
Chairman BAF

2019 Summer School gradings

2019 Summer School Grading 
6th Kyu
Shuxiang CAOOxford
4th Kyu
Vanilla SHIBristol University
3rd Kyu
Diana GIURAAshby Folville
2nd Kyu
Chris MITCHELLKillingworth
Phil NORWELLAshby Folville
Paul NORWELLAshby Folville
David SANDERSONKillingworth
1st Kyu
Denham PHIPPSWagokan (Manchester)
Simon BENNETTGreenwich
Eloi PEREZWagokan (Manchester)
1st Dan
Drew DEAVESShobukan (Cardiff)
John ALARCONWagokan (Manchester)
Keith HARRISGenbukan (Macclesfield)
James HAYESWhitechapel
Mitch TULLOCHGreenwich
Lorraine GOMEZWagokan (Manchester)
2nd Dan
Peris CALEPort Talbot
Paul ADKINSMalvern
Nigel KAYWagokan (Manchester)
Ivan BOYADZHIEVMalvern
Vinicius EGERLANDGreenwich
Gilberto ALMEIDAGreenwich
3rd Dan
Martin HUGHESRyusuikan (Chester)
Brian COURTShobukan (Cardiff)
Maria BALAEVAWagokan (Manchester)
Adrian JENKINSShobukan (Cardiff)
Frank TRANRyushinkan (Deventer)
John STEPHENSGenbukan (Macclesfield) (KB 2020)
4th Dan
Caroline SMITHWagokan (Manchester)
Nick BELSHAWOxford (KB 2020)
5th Dan
Andy KINGMenai (KB 2020)
Andy MARGINSONRyusuikan (Chester) / Budokan (Colwyn Bay) (KB 2020)
6th Dan
Alex MEGANNShiseikan (Southampton) (KB 2020)
Allan HAGANShobukan (Cardiff) (KB 2020)
7th Dan
Ian McCLARENCESeishinkan (Newcastle) (KB 2020)
Don MORGANPort Talbot (KB 2020)
KB 2020 - signifies recommended promotion yet to be confirmed by Hombu. if successful these promotions will be announced in the 2020 KagamiBiraki

SummerSchool approaching!

Four weeks to go until the BAF Summer School!

Takeshi Kanazawa Shihan 7th Dan Will Be Representing Doshu And Hombu Dojo alongside BAF senior instructors. As always we will be joined by international Aikidoka and of course our BAF members from all around the UK. Summer School is a great opportunity to improve your Aikido and to meet up and share views about the art.​
We look forward to seeing you all soon.

Course Hilight

Manchester dojo hosted a two day course with Ian McClarence shihan over the weekend of 6/7 July 2019.  The course was split so members of 3rd kyu and above attended on Saturday and Sunday was an open class.  Unfortunately we have no photograph from Saturday, which was extremely well attended with BAF members from all over the North West, South Wales, London area and the North East attending, together with a single Lancashire Aikikai member; 38 in total attended.

McClarence shihan concentrated on basic posture, contact and kokyo-ho on Saturday.

On Sunday there were 22 BAF members attending the course (including 2 people who attended the dojo for the very first time; a bit of a pleasant surprise for them!!) and McClarence shihan worked on taisabaki, posture and basic waza.  The photograph is of the attendees on Sunday.

Overall, a very well attended and informative weekend and all thanks must go to the BAF members who attended for their efforts and of course, McClarence shihan for taking the time to deliver the seminar.

Spring Course – a time for reflection

Dear all

The Spring Course in Chepstow has come and gone. For many of us it was a special one; the first one without Kanetsuka Sensei who sadly passed away last month. His absence was felt by many. This was especially so for our Chairman, Peter Gillard Sensei who received his Shihan certificate, recommended by Kanetsuka Shihan last year. A time for reflection on so many years and shared experiences.

The course was very well attended and it was especially lovely to see so many kyu grades. This year’s instruction was lead by our Shihans, Don Morgan and Ian McClarence, with support from David Yates and Gudrun Rieck who had us working on posture and movement.

It goes without saying that courses like this play an important role in our Aikido development. There is no substitute for training under senior instructors with their enormous experience. Every exercise and technique becomes an invaluable lesson with important insights. The course was quite exhausting but great fun and of course an opportunity to catch up with old friends and/or make new ones.

Thank you all for attending the course. We hope that you enjoyed it and went home inspired. Keep your eye on the Course Calendar for upcoming opportunities to train, and please put June 15/16 in your diary – this is the next National Course in Oxford.

See you soon!

Karolina Packo  (Member Representative)

Minoru Kanetsuka Shihan

It is with deep sadness I find myself writing this about our Sensei.
Although Sensei has been unwell for some time it came as a shock when Mami San informed us of his passing on Friday.
To many of the seniors in the BAF, Sensei’s passing is more than a loss of their instructor, it is the loss of someone with whom they have walked a long road together. From the times when they shared the practice with him in classes with Chiba Sensei, through the hard times of his cancer, after which his thoughts and practice developed and would continue to develop for the rest of his time.
As Sensei developed, so we would try to climb that mountain with him, but he would have to come back again and again to show us were we where going wrong. But this he did and he made that part of his practice.
Kanetsuka Sensei has lived a very full life.
In university he trained with Shioda Sensei and was a Nidan in Yoshinkan Aikido. During those time he also met Fujita  Sensei who would become an  important part of his and the BAF in the future! Life took Kanetsuka Sensei to many places. To Katmandu where he not only opened a restaurant, he also became friends with the Royal Family! He worked in many jobs in India. In fact, sitting with Sensei and listening to his stories made you wonder how he managed to fit so much into his life.
After Chiba Sensei’s departure from the UK, Sensei became BAF Technical Director and from then he also spent time travelling to Greece, the Netherlands and South Africa and in all these countries he held a similar position. He visited many countries during those years and importantly built special relationships with Russia and Poland which have lasted through to today.
 Kanetsuka Sensei gave his life to Aikido and he will be missed, leaving an empty space not only in the BAF but in the hearts of many.
An important part of history has passed in losing Kanetsuka Sensei and it is for us to carry on with Aikido as Sensei would wish!
I know you will all join me in sending our condolences to Mami, Masaki, Miyuki and to the whole Kanetsuka family!
Peter Gillard Shihan – 10th March

New Year Message from our Chairman

To all Members as we begin a New Year,
Firstly on behalf of the committee, our thanks to you all for your support during the last year.
As another year comes to an end we look back at the highs and lows of 2018. Unfortunately the low point of the year came on hearing the news that Kanetsuka Sensei  had been taken ill. During the year he was unable to attend the Spring Course and to our great disappointment was also not able to attend Summer School, and indeed following that Sensei could not make Dojo Cho’s visit to Manchester. Also, the courses at Oxford, Bristol and Cardiff which Sensei has taken over many,many years, he was sadly missed.
We send our Best Wishes to Kanetsuka Sensei and look forward to his full recovery in the New Year and his return to the Dojo to share his Aikido once more with us all.
The visit of Dojo Cho to the UK to help celebrate the BAF’s 50th anniversary was a great success all round. Many thanks to the support of Dojo Cho over the weekend, and for the efforts of Sue and Dave Yates which made the event a great success. It was also special that Dojo Cho brought with him a group of young Japanese students to take part and share the practice, this I’m sure with an eye to the future. I hope we can strengthen the connection between the British Aikido Federation and the Hombu Dojo.
    As Dojo Cho said in his speech, he looks forward to returning for our 60th and we certainly do!
Now we must look forward to 2019 and what that will bring…
As I have said before, firstly we hope for Kanetsuka Sensei’s return to health, also to Holland Sensei’s full recovery and we look forward to his support as always during the year.
We also look forward to Kanazawa Sensei returning to Chester this year and we will give our full support for Summer School.
A New Year means a new beginning, to look at our own practice, Kyu grade or Dan grade, student or instructor, is our individual practice developing, is our Dojo developing? Both these things are important to build for the future of Aikido. In todays world were will that future take us? For a strong future we must build on a strong past. As each year passes we move further away from the Founder’s time but we must not move further away from O’Sensei’s Aikido principles, and we must ask ourselves what will we pass on.
So lets look forward to the next 50 years of the British Aikido Federation, developing through each and everyone of it’s members, it’s practice, and understanding of Aikido
A Happy New Year to Everyone
Peter Gillard
BAF Chair
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