Aikido was first introduced to Kenya on October 16th 2009. I had the privilege to be the first ever and (by the time) only Aikido teacher in Kenya. As a branch of Birankai Poland we follow Birankai Aikido system as taught by T.K. Chiba sensei.
We had many seminars with Piotr Masztalerz shidoin from Poland. He was kind enough to grace us with his frequent visits to Kenya.
We actively participated in an uchi-deshi program. Two of my students stayed for several months in dojo in Wrocław, Poland. This traditional teaching method exposes students to extremely intense teacher-student relationship. Very rigorous training during this program allows for deeper understanding of technical and mental aspects of Aikido and martial spirit.
As I returned back to Poland, in 2012, now it is up to my students to carry the torch in Kenya.
In September 2022 I opened my own dojo in Wrocław at AikidoWojnów.pl.
Below some memories of those African days...
Demo I did at Japanese embassy in February 2012. Video made by one of the students. Thanks!
Our poster, I posted it at the Japanese Embassy and many people got interested and came for a few classes. Some stayed longer...
2011 seminar poster
Photo from that very seminar
May 2011 seminar
December 2010 seminar
Demonstration at Japanese Embassy, May 2011, uke: Daniel Areba
Same place, same time, uke: Dedy Sutanto
Random class at Goam Gymkhana
Demonstration at Japanese Embassy, February 2012, uke: Daniel Areba
Same place, same time, same uke
Page created on March 15th 2010, last update June 8th 2022