About Aikido (IAF)
The International Aikido Federation (IAF) is a federation of Aikido organisations which are directly affiliated to the Aikikai Hombu in Japan, the world headquarters of Aikido.
The IAF held its first Congress in 1976, in Tokyo, Japan. In 1984, the federation became a Full Member of the General Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) and the International World Games Association (IWGA). GAISF recently changed its name to SportAccord.
Admission to membership of GAISF and the IWGA was an important milestone for the IAF, for membership of these two associations gives international recognition to aikido, to Doshu and to the Aikikai Hombu.
As a member of the IWGA, the IAF has participated in the World Games. Though Aikido does not hold competitions, participation in the World Games is an important way of making aikido better known. The IAF participated in the last World Games, held in Germany in 2005. An aikido training course, open to everybody, is generally held on the occasion of these events.
Highlights of the World Combat Games
The IAF also took part in the Second SportAccord Combat Games, which took place in St Petersburg, in 2013. For these Games, over 70 participants assembled and gave demonstrations over three days. The IAF participated in these Games and gave an international demonstration. The shihans who gave demonstrations were Ulf Evenas, from Sweden, Christian Tissier, from France, and Tsuruzo Miyamoto, from the Aikikai Hombu Dojo. An aikido seminar also took place to coincide with the aikido demonstrations and the instructor in the final class was Mr Mitsuteru Ueshiba, who is the great-grandson of the Founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba. Mr Ueshiba was also the Ambassador for Aikido at the World Combat Games. It is likely that the next World Combat Games will take place in 2017, but the location is not yet known.