2017 International Aikido Festival in Akita, Japan

The 12th International Aikido Festival was held in Akita, Japan, the birthplace of Tomiki Sensei and Oba Sensei. The host for this international festival was the Japan Aikido Association.

Club Members at the 2017 International
Club Members at the 2017 International

Club members were part of the British Aikido Association (BAA) GB Team that competed at this international festival. For them, this was the first time they had been to an international competition in Japan. Although they were unable to replicate the success they achieved at the wsaf-junior-youth-cadet-and-senior-world-championships, the BAA Squad won gold in the Women’s Individual Randori and the Men’s Team Randori.

These are some pictures from the festival (thanks to J. Bolton, N. Gander and other members of the BAA Team):