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History of Aikido Philippines (AikiPhil) PDF Print Email

HISTORY OF 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, the Makati YMCA Aikido Club, the Quezon City Aikido Club, the Red Tiger Aikido Club, the Makiling Aikido Club and Shinbu Dojo, held several meetings, 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 Phillippines 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 and training new dojos.

From its original membership of five in 1992, Aikiphil is currently composed of 23 clubs; Shinbu Aikido Dojo, Tachi Kaze Dojo, Makiling Aikido Club, Mushin Aikido Club, Olongapo-Subic Bay Aikido Club, Fudoshin Aikido Dojo, Phil Heart Center Aikido Club, Makiling Apo School of Aikido-Jocanima Dojo, Phil. Coast Guard SOG Aikido Club, Arena Fitness Aikido Dojo, Shin-Shin Aikido Club, Bicol Aikido Zen Dojo, SNC Southern Mindanao Aikido, Nueva Ecija Aikido Dojo, Traditional Aikido Club, Riyadh, Puma Aikido Club, KSA, NE Aikido – United Kingdom, La Vista Aikido Club, Banawe Aikido Club, UP-Manila Aikido Club, Travelers Aikido Dojo, School P.E. Classes: UP-Los Baños Aikido PE Class, Skill Power Institute - Cabanatuan Aikido PE Class, Naga College Foundation Aikido Course

 

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