International Aikido Federation
The International Aikido Federation is the main global organization of aikido. It is an organization that unites organizations from more than 100 countries under one umbrella with the participation of members (for example, the All Japan Aikido Federation is one of the members). All participants must be recognized by the Hombu, so the International Aikido Federation represents only the Aikikai school. The International Aikido Federation is a democratic organization, but the Doshu and the chief instructor council are given a special role to protect the «technical and moral integrity» of aikido. The International Aikido Federation currently allows only one organization from each country to become a member, and each of these organizations is given an equal vote. (This is modeled after UN and does not always give equal representation to Aikikai students). The International Aikido Federation showcases aikido at the World Games and represents world aikido. The International Aikido Federation organizes an International Aikido Congress every four years to facilitate direct training of aikido students from around the world, share instructions among world aikido instructors, and provide a channel for official communication with the Hombu. The International Aikido Federation was founded in 1976.
Wilko Vriesman Shihan came to Azerbaijan for an official visit
From May 16 to 19, 2023, the Chairman of the International Aikido Federation Wilko Vriesman was the official guest of Shihan “Aikikai Aikido Clubs” Public Union in Baku. A press conference was part of the trip. At the conference, issues related to the state recognition of the “Aikikai Aikido Clubs” Public Union and the intention to promote a regional cooperation platform with other members of the International Aikido Federation were discussed. At the end of the press conference, Wilko Vriesman on behalf of the Dutch Aikikai Foundation and Ilham Guliyev on behalf of the “Aikikai Aikido Clubs” Public Union signed a memorandum on joint cooperation. During his visit, Wilko Vriesman visited the Alley of Honor and then the Alley of Martyrs. He led a Master Class on May 17, and a seminar dedicated to the 100th anniversary of our national leader Heydar Aliyev on May 18. On the last day of the trip, an informal meeting was held with the president of Azerbaijan Aikido Federation Farhad Alaskarov, director of Sakura Aikido School LLC Tural Suleymanli and chairman of Mugenryu Kobudo Club Public Union Bakhtiyar Zeynalov.