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Aikido: History and Chronology
Written by Azrul Hasni MADISA   
Monday, 08 November 2010 09:06

History of Aikikai Malaysia


Aikikai Aikido becomes known to Malaysians as early as 1960s. The known official establishment of Aikido teaching sent by Aikikai Foundation to Malaysia was in 1971.

It was when Y.A.B Tun Datuk Patinggi Haji Abdul Rahman Ya’kub, the former Chief Minister of Sarawak requested Aikikai Foundation to introduce Aikido to the state. He took the initiative by opening the first official dojo at his residence in Kuching in November 1971. A year later, the Second Doshu, Kisshomaru Ueshiba visited Tun and made public demonstration in Kuching.

In 1973, in response to the rapid growth of Aikido in Kuching, Tun made courtesy visit to Aikikai Foundation and was demonstrated in great detail of the art by Kisshomaru Ueshiba. Tun was so impressed of the philosophy behind Aikido that in Aikido there is no competition or loss-win situation and the art is use not to harm but to make more friends. Thus, Tun believed that the philosophy of Aikido teaching resembles in some kinds to the teachings of Islam and can be used as an approach to unite and motivate the Malaysian youths.

The later development of Aikido was tremendously fast by looking at the rapid acceleration of Aikido teaching and the establishment of Aikikai Malaysia Association. With Aikido as a tool to mobilize youth for healthy activities, BINA was entrusted to monitor the development of Aikido in Sarawak until it spans to the Peninsular of Malaysia. After years of dedicative training, BINA was able to produce excellent local Aikido practioners namely Muhammad Haneef Ali 6th Dan, Zainuddin Khalic 4th Dan, Yusof Busra 4th Dan, Reza 3rd Dan and Cikgu Kassim Mansur under the guidance of Aikikai Foundation’s instructor abroad scheme Abdul Rashid Yamada (a.k.a Jun Yamada).


The spread of Aikido from Kuching to Kuala Lumpur and Selangor was initiated by Sensei Zainuddin Abd. Khalic. When he was a graduate student at the International Islamic University Malaysia, he founded International Islaic University Malaysia Aikido Club. From this club, many public demonstrations were carried out in the peninsular which attract many to learn the art.

 

Aikikai Malaysia’s Connection with the Doshu

When Aikido was taught in Kuching by Hombu’s instructor, in August 1972 the second Doshu, Kisshomaru Ueshiba visited and made his first public appearance and demonstration in Kuching, Sarawak. This was later followed by many trainings and seminars led by instructors from Hombu. The current Doshu, Moriteru Ueshiba visited twice  Malaysia and made Aikido  demonstration, one in 1989 in Kuching, Sarawak and another in 2001, during the 30th Anniversary of Aikikai Malaysia Association.  The 30th Anniversary was a successful chapter of the development of Aikido in Malaysia rooted from Tun Abdul Rahman Ya’kub’s inspiration.

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 December 2010 03:46
 


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