International Martial Arts Federation

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International Martial Arts Federation
国際武道院・国際武道連盟
Kokusai Budoin Kokusai Budo Renmei
International Martial Arts Federation Logo.gif
Formation 1952
Type Sports organization
Headquarters Tokyo, Japan
Membership
Unknown.
Official language
English and Japanese
President
Mr. Tokugawa Yasuhisa
Website International Martial Arts Federation
http://www.imaf.com/

Kokusai Budoin, International Martial Arts Federation (国際武道院・国際武道連盟 Kokusai Budoin Kokusai Budo Renmei?) (IMAF) is a Japanese organization promoting international Budō.[1] The organization, founded in 1952, has headquarters in Tokyo, Japan.[2]

IMAF has branches in 17 countries.[3][4]

IMAF organizes world Budo Galas, congresses, international training, and issues the magazine, named Gendo newsletter.[1]

Purposes[edit]

The International Martial Arts Federation (IMAF) is dedicated to the promotion and development of the martial arts worldwide.[2]

Among other objectives of IMAF are the expansion of interest in Japanese martial arts, the establishment of communication, friendship, understanding and harmony among member chapters, the development of the minds and bodies of members, and the promotion of global understanding and personal growth.[2]

History[edit]

The International Martial Arts Federation (IMAF) was founded in 1952 by a group of some of Japan's most prominent martial arts practitioners, including:[2]

The first chairman was Prince Kaya Tsunenori (uncle of Emperor Hirohito, former lieutenant general in the Imperial Army), and was followed Prince Higashikuni (the first post World War II Prime Minister, the only member of the Japanese Imperial Family to have held this post). IMAF, then known as the National Japan Health Association sponsored the first, large-scale, public, post World War II martial arts demonstration in Japan in Hibiya Park in downtown Tokyo in February 1952.[5]

The present president of Kokusai Budoin, International Martial Arts Federation (IMAF) is Tokugawa Yasuhisa, the great-grandson of the 15th and final Shogun of Japan, Tokugawa Yoshinobu (1837 – 1913).[6]

Ranking System[edit]

The International Martial Arts Federation (IMAF) use the shōgō system where the levels are renshi (錬士?), kyōshi (教士?), and hanshi (範士?). The most venerated level is hanshi.[7]

Divisions[edit]

The International Martial Arts Federation (IMAF) has seven divisions and licensed instructors in following divisions:[1][8]

There was a schism in IMAF Europe which led to a separate group being formed in 1983 by Minoru Mochizuki, Hanshi, Meijin 10-Dan Aikido.[9] In England there was a further divided in IMAF UK in 2005 which led to the formation of two affiliated bodies, UK IMAF [10] and IMAF GB which changed its name to the United Kingdom Budo Federation.[11]

Aikido Division[edit]

The Aikido Division was founded in 1954. The position of Aikido Division has been held by the world’s foremost aikido authorities. Kisshomaru Ueshiba, son of the founder of aikido Morihei Ueshiba, and late director of the Aikikai Hombu. He was succeeded by Kenji Tomiki (founder of Shodokan Aikido), Minoru Mochizuki (10th dan Aikido), and Gozo Shioda (10th dan Aikido, founder of Yoshinkan Aikido). The current Shihan are Takeji Tomita and Shinji Tsutsui.[12]

Kendo Division[edit]

The International Martial Arts Federation (IMAF) defines Kendo as 'the way of the sword', it is a modern martial art based on ancient Kenjutsu (the art of swordsmanship).[13]

Representatives from the kendo division teaches and holds international exhibitions in kendo.[14] Furthermore highranking Japanese masters holds international seminars in kendo.[15][16]

IMAF members demonstrated Nihon Kendo Kata at Kameido Katori Jinja on April 29, 2009.[17] Originally, Nihon Kendo Kata was called Dai Nippon Teikoku Kendo Kata created in 1912 but was revised in 1912, 1917, 1933 and 1981. In 1933 the Dai Nippon Teikoku Kendo Kata was changed to the name 'Nihon Kendo Kata' and the last revision in 1981 was made by the All Japan Kendo Federation.[18] A YouTube clip exists showing IMAF members demonstrating Nihon Kendo Kata.[19]

Iaido Division[edit]

The Iaido Division has been led by some of the greatest iaido figures, including Tsugiyoshi Ota, Meijin Iaido 10-dan, Katsuo Yamaguchi, Meijin Iaido 10-dan, Tadao Ochiai, Hanshi Iaido 10-dan, and Kenji Tose, Hanshi Iaido 10-dan.[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Journal of Combat Sports and Martial Arts. MEDSPORTPRESS, 2011; 1(2); Vol. 2, page 50.
  2. ^ a b c d "Frequently Asked Questions". International Martial Arts Federation. International Martial Arts Federation. Retrieved March 1, 2014. 
  3. ^ "About". International Martial Arts Federation. International Martial Arts Federation. Retrieved March 1, 2014. 
  4. ^ The East. East Publications. 1999. Retrieved March 1, 2014. 
  5. ^ ":: History ::". Imaf.com. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  6. ^ ":: Biographies ::". Imaf.com. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  7. ^ Wanda Hurren, Erika Hasebe-Ludt (ed) (2014) Contemplating Curriculum: Genealogies/Times/Places. Routledge. Page 5. ISBN 978-0-415-64058-9
  8. ^ ":: Divisions ::". Imaf.com. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  9. ^ International Martial Arts Federation Europe
  10. ^ "ukimaf.com". ukimaf.com. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  11. ^ "History of the United Kingdom Budo Federation". United Kingdom Budo Federation. Retrieved March 1, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Aikido". International Martial Arts Federation. International Martial Arts Federation. Retrieved March 1, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Kendo". International Martial Arts Federation. International Martial Arts Federation. Retrieved March 1, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Nihon Jujutsu Newsletter : 2009 May" (PDF). Nihonjujutsu.com. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  15. ^ Active Interest Media, Inc. (October 1988). Black Belt. Active Interest Media, Inc. p. 15. ISSN 0277-3066. Retrieved March 1, 2014. 
  16. ^ Active Interest Media, Inc. (November 1991). Black Belt. Active Interest Media, Inc. p. 79. ISSN 0277-3066. Retrieved March 1, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Nihon Jujutsu Newsletter: 2009 May" (PDF). Nihon Jujutsu (www.nihonjujutsu.com): 3. May 2009. Retrieved March 1, 2014. 
  18. ^ Budden, Poul (2000). Looking at a far Mountain. Tuttle Publishing. ISBN 0-8048-3245-5 ISBN 978-0-8048-3245-8
  19. ^ "IMAF Kendo no Kata 4-29-09". YouTube. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  20. ^ "Iaido". International Martial Arts Federation. International Martial Arts Federation. Retrieved March 1, 2014. 

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