Czech Federation of Aikido - an overview
The primary objective of the Czech Federation of Aikido (CFAI) is to spread and develop aikido as a moral and physical discipline in accordance with the teachings of the founder Ueshiba Morihei Ōsensei.
The CFAI, founded in 1991, is the oldest aikido organization in the Czech Republic and is active throughout the country linking 30 dojos with 900 regular members.
The CFAI is a non-profit organization recognized by the Czech government, with its Statutes, annual General Assemblies and a democratically elected leadership. All activity of the CFAI is in accordance with state regulations and other directorial bodies, which cooperate with the Federation on further development of aikido in the Czech Republic.
The CFAI is officially recognized by the Aikido World Headquarters (link), Tokyo, Japan.
We also maintain close relationships with several aikido organizations and dojos in Slovakia, France, Germany, Sweden and other European countries.
The Technical Director of the CFAI is Franck Noel Shihan (France), 7th dan Aikikai, who has been coming on regular basis to give two seminars a year since 1994.
The CFAI was also visited visited for several years by Endo Seishiro Shihan, 8th dan Aikikai. Both teachers have greatly contributed to the development of the CFAI.
The CFAI has also been organizing annual seminars with the following teachers: Stefan Stenudd Shihan (7th dan Aikikai, who has been visiting the Czech Republic since 1991), Phillipe Gouttard (6th dan Aikikai, coming since 1997), Jan Nevelius Shihan (6th dan Aikikai), Dirk Müller (6th dan Aikikai) and many others.
You can find dates of their upcoming seminars in our aikido seminar calendar (in Czech).
The CFAI also provides long-term development for its instructors organizing regular classes and seminars for teachers. This education is approved by the Czech government and implemented in cooperation with Masaryk University in Brno.
The CFAI instructors from 6th to 3rd dan Aikikai form a Yudansha college which oversees the Aikikai dan grading within the organization. The head of this grading committee is Mr. Zdenko Reguli (6th dan Aikikai).
CFAI instructors teach over 50 seminars around the Czech Republic per year in order to develop the level of aikido in local clubs.
The CFAI actively spreads and provides information about aikido to both aikido community and general public. We have helped with publishing several books on aikido in Czech language. Popular and scientific articles as well as videos are published regularly by member clubs and individuals. Public demonstrations are common, especially in the beginning of a season in autumn.
President of CFAI
Petr Dražan, email@example.com, +420 734 852 590
Martin Švihla, firstname.lastname@example.org, +420 737 848 627
Czech Federation of Aikido
Prostor 8, Šmilovského 8, Prague 2, 120 00
Czech Republic, Europe