Last year at the BE summer school in July Chiba Sensei informed us that Birankai France under the leadership of Shihan Patrick Barthélémy, President and Anne Ducouret, Vice President was granted Aikikai Hombu full recognition in line with the other European Birankai organizations. In June this year Anne Ducouret organized a course in Paris when the Hombu certificate was presented by Shihan Didier Boyet - see article on page 11. We are also pleased to announce that Birankai Israel under Amnon Tzechovoy, Chairman, has also
received Aikikai Hombu full recognition.
This year the Birankai Europe Teachers’ Course and Aikido Summer School will be held at University of Worcester, England. Chiba Sensei had agreed that for economic reason the Teachers’ course should be combined with summer school. The Teachers’ course 26-27 July is open to Birankai certified teachers and head of dojos only and this year there will be no course fee charged for this extra day of classes for those attending the full week of Summer School.
Shihan Etsuji Horii 7th Dan from Aikido Kobe Sanda Dojo, Japan will be our special instructor and he will be assisted by Birankai Europe Shihan and Shidoin. We will miss Chiba Sensei who is unable to be with us this year as he has taken an official leave of absence until May 2014 while he sorts out his health issues. We all send him our best wishes for a speedy recovery.
Thanks to all the contributors who submitted articles and photos for this issue. A reminder that Dojos should send in a list of Dan/Shidoin/Fukushidoin promotions and any new development in their organization/Dojo together with articles for the next issue due in January 2014. ☯