Aikido and AIKIDO SOUTH AFRICA®
The question every prospective (and uncertain) student asks - "Is the martial art of Aikido for me?" To help you decide, please click on the following YouTube link to view the official AIKIDO SOUTH AFRICA® DVD. The DVD describes in easily understandable terms the art of aikido, its uses and benefits, and why AIKIDO SOUTH AFRICA® has a unique offering in technical depth of movement, technique and quality of aikido in South Africa.
Established in 2009 by Dr Elroy Goliath, AIKIDO SOUTH AFRICA® is the only National Aikikai Aikido organisation in South Africa established under the technical guidance of one of the most renowned Japanese Shihan in the aikido world - the late Shihan Yoji Fujimoto (1948 - 2012). (View a tribute to Master Yoji Fujimoto here). The strict technical and martial requirements of Fujimoto Shihan was transferred over many years of studying under his guidance to his resident student, Sensei Elroy Goliath (4th Dan) and ensures the highest quality of Aikido teachings to its students in South Africa (read a final interview with Shihan Fujimoto about his life in aikido).
Fujimoto Shihan's influence was instrumental in the formation of AIKIDO SOUTH AFRICA® and it was this relationship between teacher and student over many years that shaped the history, the high technical standards and the story of AIKIDO SOUTH AFRICA®.
Elroy Goliath Sensei (Chairman and Chief instructor of AIKIDO SOUTH AFRICA®) successfully tested for his SANDAN (3rd Dan) and YONDAN (4th Dan) grading examinations with Fujimoto Shihan during the respective 10-day Yudansha training seminars in Europe. To
The latter examination took place in July 2011. He is the first South African ever to obtain these Dan grades directly from a Hombu Dojo Japanese Shihan under international examination conditions.
Sensei Roberto Travaglini (6° Dan) and leading senior student of the late Shihan Yoji Fujimoto Shihan (8° Dan) now assumes the position of CHIEF TECHNICAL ADVISOR of AIKIDO SOUTH AFRICA® - the will of Fujimoto Shihan. This position carries the full sanction of our Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba and Hombu Dojo – Tokyo, Japan.
AIKIDO SOUTH AFRICA® emphasizes strong and dynamic aikido movement with a clear and systematic teaching methodology easy to understand by students of all levels. It dedicates itself to raising and maintaining the quality and standard of Aikido teaching in South Africa at its highest level, and on par with the best in the world.
The aikido taught in AIKIDO SOUTH AFRICA® affiliated dojo's are different in intensity and technical depth of understanding compared to other unassociated dojo's in South Africa (visit an AIKIDO SOUTH AFRICA® dojo near to you or view the videos on this website - you can decide for yourself). AIKIDO SOUTH AFRICA® offers its students a variety of services, taking substantial interest in their development.
Classes are designed around children, youths and adults with Seminars being held on a frequent basis to support members technically,including formalised instructors courses. Children in AIKIDO SOUTH AFRICA® become advanced senior aikido students - the future of aikido in South Africa!
Read more to find out what Aikido can mean for your child.
AIKIDO SOUTH AFRICA® will be driving transformation by upliftment of disadvantaged communities and its youths. Aikido has previously and for decades been delimited in its exposure to only selected groups in the country, which now is changing towards a more inclusive martial art offered to the broader community in South Africa.
AIKIDO SOUTH AFRICA® provides diferent types of services and levels of training. These include specialised short courses of aikido-based self defence for women and corporate business, practical aikido for Law enforcement personnel or the more practical self defense inclined student.
Aikido Team Building workshops for Corporates are also provided, allowing attendants to gain understanding of practical self defense through aikido while having lots of fun!