aikido - philippines

A Japanese national by the name of Tadashi Komenoi came to the Philippines in 1988 for a five-year tour of duty under the Kawasho Corporation. Serendipitously, Mr. Komenoi was also a 3rd Dan practitioner of Aikido who joined sessions at the Makati YMCA Aikido Dojo and eventually became its Chief Instructor. Mr. Komenoi also shared his expertise with several other dojos such as the Red Tiger Aikido Club (now Takemusu), Quezon City Aikido Club (now Tachi Kaze Dojo), Shinbu Aikido Dojo and the Makiling Aikido Dojo.

Tadashi Komenoi’s inroads prompted the Aikikai Hombu Dojo to appoint him as their official representative in the Philippines. The Hombu Dojo, through Komenoi, conveyed its objective of uniting all Filipino aikido practitioners from various dojos and organizations into one federation. However, Mr. Komenoi realized this was impossible. Instead, he convinced all the dojos under his tutelage to unify into one organization. Heads of said organizations namely Royce Reyes of the Makati YMCA Aikido Club, Ipe Pelino of the Quezon City Aikido Club, Marielle Macapawa of the Red Tiger Aikido Club, Manolo Villegas of the Makiling Aikido Dojo and Abe Chavez of Shinbu held several meetings.  With the assistance of their legal counsel, Atty. Gerry Villaluz, they adopted a constitution and officially formed Aikido Philippines.

On 21 November 1992, Aikido Philippines gained recognition as an accredited Aikido organization under the Aikikai Hombu Dojo. The previous Doshu, the late Kisshomaru Ueshiba, signed the certificate of recognition. In 1994, Kawasho Corporation recalled Mr. Komenoi back to Japan. Aikido Philippines relied on its own strength and flourished despite being orphaned by the departure of Mr. Komenoi.

In 1997, Aikido Philippines, Inc. registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission. On 30 November 1997, the organization achieved one of its greatest milestones: a memorandum of agreement was signed between PAPA and AIKIPHIL to bond together and to assist each other in the propagation of Aikido as taught by O’Sensei Morihei Ueshiba.

In 1998, Japan Foundation gave Aikido Philippines, Inc. and PAPA a grant for the training of blackbelts of both organizations by an instructor from Hombu Dojo. In July 1998, Hiroshi Fujimaki Shidoin from Hombu Dojo came to the Philippines for this purpose. From 01 July through 15 December 1998, Fujimaki Shidoin trained blackbelts from both organizations. This training modernized and upgraded Aikido in the Philippines to its present level. the three federations Aikido Philippines, Filipino Federation of Aikido, and Pilipinas Aikido Propagation Association have been inviting shihans three times a year to the Philippines for instruction.

Since its formation in 1992, Aikido Philippines, Inc. has grown into one of the strongest and most stable aikido organizations in the Philippines. Yearly summer camp hosted by different dojos all over the country is one of its major activities and continuously developing new dojo and training of Aikidoka.

In the year 2014 Aikido Philippines moved further to greater heights to cope up with its growth by adopting new management structure and organizational changes.

At present Aikido Philippines is being headed by the dojo heads which they form themselves to become the Central Committee of Aikido Philippines and appointed Cris Buenaseda, 6th dan, as its chief instructor, Rommel Miel, 4th dan as liaison officer for international and local affairs and Jobot Velasco,1st dan as the Secretary General.

Aikido Philippines being true to its mission to propagate Aikido, went on propagating and teaching students as envisioned by the founder O’Sensei Morihei Ueshiba, and in accordance with the Aikikai Federation Standards.

BLACKBELTS

Rokudan ( 6th dan )

Crispin Buenaseda

Godan ( 5th dan )

Gerry Villaluz
Rommel Miel

Yondan ( 4th dan )

Willy Li + Dino Dominguita Reyne Caritativo Henry Catalan
Joseph Go Raymond Burgos Levi G. Castro  Simon Cruz

Sandan ( 3rd dan )

Benito G.Bailon Wendell  Simbulan Raul Reyes Ramon Tulfo Noel Rempillo Rene Cheng
Randy Canlas Geim Bernard Eran Jeff Rañola Phan Mihn Quan Nono Monteverde Dennis Oliver Diaz
Mary Kareen Gancio Jose Marven Bayno Ian Laurel Gabuya

Nidan ( 2nd dan )

Manolo Villegas Ipe Pelino Kit Acenas Edwin Balaton Edwin Bailon Joseph Pardo
Neil Pineda Dante Facundo Chilet Lakanilaw Kim  F. Yao Josephine Uy Stanley Abellana +
Jose Marven Bayno Cris Fernandez Jude Limbaco Joy Paguirigan Anthony Po Olivier Marchesin
Garie Ramos Jojo Genio Lyndon Estrellas Honorino Jun Penolio Rommel Desamero Bryan Anagao
Johua Daryl Navarro Mark Dalman Nereo James Bolante Montavanni Gancio Manny Bercilla Arra Jeuneze Corpuz
Lark Anthony Tejano Michelle Chavenia George Beleno Christian Guanlao Ruwen Libato Audie Matson
Marco Suarez Segundo Vasquez Raymond Jingco Joven De Guia Ronald Allan Boniquit John Paolo Roberto Villasor
Paul Anthony Evangelista Quennie Clarito Ares Bob Allan Alegre Arnold Patacsil Gene Paolo Dayan Gilbert Balmes
Ada Javellana Loredo Prixie Tan Cruz Rodolfo Crisostomo Lark Guilly Tejano Oliver Benedicto Semper Fidelis  Posadas
Condrad Tolentino Ulysses Eugenio Tejano Mark Joseph Calano Ana Manguerra

Shodan ( 1st dan )

Ed Cardozo Johnny Endaya Gary Garong Jason Galang Carlos Ramirez Eugene Maligalig
Alma Bombase Tony Sundiam Jerry Tugade Archie Santiago Michael Hipolito Romulo Tahon
Ted Boado Richard Encomienda Jonaz Labastilla Russel Celis Franco Endaya Buddy Acenas
Edgar Flores Count Rempillo Samuel Santillan Valentin Castelo Mark De Leon Boy Ramos
Nathaniel Cruz Edwin de Leon Henry Jing Kanapi Sheena Abellana Randy Mira Avelino Labug
Solomon Mercado Raymond Raguindin Manolito Sabile Neil Macasaet Jessie Figueroa Davey Villanueva
Michael Gemina Rodolfo Caberoy Aime Gamit Ramil Rances John Corpuz Cheska Ibanez
Valentin Yabes Apollo Rivera Caleb Osborne Joel Adolfo Jonathan De Asis Rizaldy Jose
Ruben Caspe Mark Angelo Ang Danilo A. Bondoc Ma. Charisse Evangelista Felixberto Maranan Gestler Vivar
Nino Augusto San Andres Gene Paolo Dayan Oliver Ocampo Allan Mendoza Leah Bulagao Allan Bulagao
Kevin Lumbao Lito Crisostomo Katrina Anne Limos Alain Laguipo Alexis Adrias Rachel M. Silot
Jeffrey A. Olitoquit Christian S. Dizon Mark S. Dizon Aaron San Andres Christian Constatino Jobot Velasco
Mhar Allan Angeles Naonobu Yamazaki Norman Piguera Ruel Andrade Paul Lee Seetiong Jhionne Maniago
Gilbert Eslava Joey Alalim Karl R. Roldan Ver Benedicto Eugene Dalen Art Sulit
Benjamin Avinante, Jr. Jimmy Lampaya Ruby Joy Bitare Lionel Bolilan Sheryl Mallanao Shareyde Navarro
Carlo Desuasido Carlos Celasdiña Conrado Fonacier Alfred Jose Reden Timones Jasnel Timones
Arthur Almiñana Arthur Israel Dydann Panvras Co Ruth Ong Glynna Ong-Cabrera Jonathan Flores
Jose Ma. Imahen Lemuel Melloria Rowena Castro-Canlas Roy Ballesteros Ryan Baquero Thomas Arteche
Hans Bernard  Roldan Edwin Oliveros Ivy Joy Martinez Emerito, Jr. Presas Wendell Matthew Te Jim Velanrez
Antonio,Jr. Datu Eric Ramallosa