|This week's practice times:|
|Tuesday (Aikido - all)||19:30 - 21:00|
|Thursday (Aikido - all)||18:00 - 19:30|
|Friday (Aikido - advanced)||18:30 - 20:00|
|Sunday (Weapons / Aikido - all)||10:30 - 11:30 and 11:30 - 13:00|
Aikido in South Africa
The Aikikai Foundation
Founded in 1948 to spread the teachings of the Founder throughout the world, the Aikikai foundation, with its headquarters at the Hombu Dojo in Tokyo, is the guiding body of orthodox Aikido. It is represented in more than fifty countries, including South Africa. The Director of the Foundation is Moriteru Ueshiba, the grandson of the founder. He is referred to as Doshu (Master of the Way).
The Aikido Federation of South Africa
The Aikido Federation of South Africa (AFSA) is the Aikido Authority in South Africa and was established in 1977. Today it has 17 affiliated clubs in South Africa, each consisting of one or more dojos.
The Aikido Federation of South Africa enjoys full recognition from the Aikikai Foundation in Japan (Aikido World Headquarters). AFSA is proud to be an affiliated member of the International Aikido Federation (IAF). It is closely associated with the Aikikai of Italy and other international bodies.
The Chief Instructor is Franco Martufi Sensei (6th Dan, Aikikai) from the Aikikai d´ Italia. Kenneth Cottier Shihan (7th Dan, Aikikai) from England and Technical Director of Hong Kong Aikikai is the Honorary President of AFSA.
Paul de Beer Sensei (5th Dan, Aikikai) is the AFSA Shidoin (Senior Instructor).
Thanks to its wide international connections, AFSA stands very much in the mainstream of Aikido development, and by virtue of its close ties with the fountain-head of Aikido, the Hombu Dojo, it maintains a wholly orthodox direction in its teaching and development.
The teaching of the Founder of Aikido excludes any form of competition in Aikido and emphasises the principles of non-aggression and harmony. AFSA strongly maintains this attitude. Every effort is made to instil in our members the principle of non-violence and of concern for others both inside and outside the practice room.
Franco Martufi Sensei - 6th Dan, Technical Director of AFSA
Franco Martufi Sensei started his journey with Aikido in January 1976 in Rome. He trained under Hideki Hosakawa Sensei for 10 years. He has also studied under the current Doshu, Moriteru Ueshiba, Hiroshi Tada Shihan (9th dan) and under the late Giorgio Veneri (6th dan), who was, until his demise in March 2005, the Technical Director of AFSA.
Martufi Sensei´ s Aikido journey has taken him around the world, most recently to our fair shores where he was appointed Jokyushidoin (Chief Instructor) of AFSA when Giorgio Veneri Sensei was asked to be Technical Director to AFSA in 1996. After Veneri Sensei passed on, he was reaffirmed as the Chief Instructor of AFSA in late 2005.