Jun Yamada Shihan 35th Aikido Anniversary in Kuala Lumpur, September 2007.

Yamada Jun Shihan, Academy Aikido Jyuku.

The year 2007 marks the 35th year since Aikikai Aikido was brought into Malaysia by Jun Yamada Shihan and also the 50th year of diplomatic relations between Malaysia and Japan.

In conjunction with these two auspicious events, a seminar was held on the 1st - 2nd September 2007 at the Seri Pacific Hotel in Kuala Lumpur which had the honor of five Shihans conducting the training classes: Masatake Fujita Shihan and Hiroshi Somemiya Sensei from Hombu Dojo,  Motohiro Fukakusa Shihan from Thailand, Nobuo Takase Shihan from New Zealand and Jun Yamada Shihan himself. Participants from all over the region including Phillipines, Thailand, Myanmar, Hong Kong, Singapore, Oceania, Japan and Malaysia also attended.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Embassy of Japan and the Government of Malaysia in co-organizing this event, YB Dato' Seri Mohd Effendi Norwawi who graced us with his presence at the dinner reception and also all the participants and volunteers who made the event a success.

For further information, the pamphlet of the event is available here (1.3 mb).

For information on the previous 30th Anniversary celebration, click here.

the Founder's poem with the pronounciation

Opening of the first class, Ball Room. From left:Fukakusa Shihan, Somemiya Sensei, Atsushi Yamada, Fujita Shihan, Yamada Shihan and Takase Shihan.Fujita Masatake Shihan
Somemiya Hiroshi SenseiFukakusa Motohiro Shihan, ThailandYamada Jun Shihan, Academy Aikido Jyuku.Takase Nobuo Shihan, New Zealand

YB Dato Sri Dr.Effendi Norwawi.Yamada Shihan thanking everyone, especially to Tun Abdul Rahman Yakub for his efforts in introducing Aikido in Malaysia some 35 years ago.Mr Yamamoto Daisuke, Japan Embassy of Kuala Lumpur.Kit and JackySae as interpreter

Independence celebration in every corner of Kuala Lumpur. Mangoestine, Queen of Tropical Fruits.A huge flag hanging from high-rised buildingsThe National Mosque.On the LRT windows.

Attention focused on Takase Shihan during a breakShihan's with the durians:Smiling and/or puzzled?

Updated 10 October 2007

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As part of the Malaysia-Japan 50th Year of Diplomatic Relations event, the starter for the Aikido demonstration was held was on March 25th, 2007 at the Berjaya Times Square Shopping Centre, Kuala Lumpur.  It was held in the presence of the Japanese Ambassador, His Excellency Kazuyuki Katayama.  After Kuala Lumpur, the next demonstration was held in Ipoh in October and later in Kuching, in November 2007.
Seishinkan Dojo, with participants from Hikmah Dojo Ipoh Dojo

Ambassador Katayama listening to expositor  Atsushi Sensei. Tan Lip Heng and Tan 
Chong Heng grabbed with full power.
Japan-Malaysia Martial Arts Demonstration took place at the Berjaya Times Square Shopping Center, Kuala Lumpur on 25th March 2007.  The opening address was delivered by Mr. Kazuyuki Katayama, Ambassador, Embassy of Japan, Kuala Lumpur.  Academy Aikido Jyuku was presented by Atsushi Yamada Sensei and members of the Kota Kumuning Dojo.