The traditional international seminar led by S. Seki Shihan, 7th Dan, Aikido World Headquarters (AIKIKAI Hombu Dojo) took place from November 3 – 8 , 2011 in Moscow. The seminar was devoted to the 20th anniversary of Koinobori Dojo.
Koinobori Dojo received many letters of congratulations from people who care about our dojo, including those who took and continue to take an active part in its development. Greetings were sent by:
- Aikido Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba:
- S. Seki Shihan, 7th Dan
- Mr. Daniel Brunner Shihan, 6th Dan, representative of Birankai International in Switzerland
- Mr. Naomi Nomura, 6th Dan, head of AYUKAI (Japan)
- Mrs. Linda Holiday, 6th Dan (Executive Director and Chief Instructor of Aikido of Santa Cruz, USA)
- Mr.S. V. Kirienko, President of All Russia Aikido Counsil, 3nd Dan AIKIKAI
- Mr. O.Naidov-Zhelezov, 5th Dan, Shidoin (President of AAFR)
- Mr. Roman Hoffmann, 5th Dan (Head of Center Aikido AIKIKAI inWarsaw, Poland)
- Mr. M.Averbakh, 5th Dan, Shidoin (Presideni of “Wakikai Dojo”, Russia)
- Mr. Pranas Golovach, 3rd Dan (Assosiation “Sukurys”, Lithuania)
Shoji SEKI shihan has visited Koinobori Dojo at the first time in June of 1996 when Koinobori Dojo has celebrated its 5th anniversary. At that time only 50 people took part in the seminar including 20 members of Koinobori Dojo.
This year over 210 participants (including 140 members of Koinobori Dojo) gathered to attend the XVI seminar from 19 cities and towns of Russia (Moscow, Irkutsk, Rostov-on-Don, Saransk, Korolyov, Obninsk, Zelenograd, Domodedovo, Kaluga, Nizhny Novgorod, Kstovo, Sormovo, Puschino, Krasnodar, Mytishi, Pushino, Zheleznogorsk, Chelyabinsk, St.Petersburg), as well as from Lithuania (Vilnius), USA and Japan.
The seminar program included the main part 8 classes under direction of Shoji SEKI shihan, as well as 2 master classes for Koinobori Dojo members and the Dan examination.
The seminar was held in one of the largest judo dojos in Moscow – the New Shabolovka sports complex.
President of Koinobori Dojo
Vice President of AAFR
Shidoin AIKIKAI Russia