an historic meeting on the 18th November, 2006, ETAN (European Tomiki Aikido
Network), was formed.
aim of ETAN is to promote the development and practise of Tomiki Aikido
throughout Europe in the traditional and Waseda way.
Members and representatives from Belgium, Bosnia, Czech, Netherlands,
Norway, Poland, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom discussed
issues relating to the recent political activities in Japan and how this
would affect Aikido in Europe.
ETAN is a "loose" group and will organise regular Seminars throughout
Europe, which includes invitations to prominent Japanese Tomiki Aikido
teachers. An annual European Open Championship is also planned.
Through ETAN a closer collaboration with participating countries is
intended so that a more unified approach and better
understanding of the issues will ensue.
with Japan will be maintained for technical and Dan Grade Registration
purposes and the route chosen will be through the JAA International
website will soon be created to further improve communications.
Jim McArthur, moderator
Eddy Wolput, Tomiki Aikido Belgium
Juan Carlos Aguilar de la Serna, Malaga, Spain
Nelson Casares and Claudio Miravet, Valençia, Spain
Adrian Tyndale, Xàtiva Tomiki Aikido, Spain
Ken Broome, Jugokan, United Kingdom
Bob Jones, BAA, United Kingdom
John Sydenham, St. Paul’s School, London, UK
Ragib Karamehmedovic, Sarajevo, Bosnia Herzegovina
Steven Hogg, Jugokan, United Kingdom
Frits Van Gulick, Tomiki Aikido Nederland
Patrick De Block, secretary.
An open network with its own
identity in which everybody can relate with each other without loosing
their own identity i.e. respect the differences and learn from them.
The main purpose is to spread
aikido according to the ideas of Prof. Kenji Tomiki.
Definition of the accepted
Network of European Tomiki Aikido
Dojos / Organisations
This is an open network to create
interaction between the participating countries (organisations and
persons represent each country, the
participating countries decide amongst themselves their representatives.
In case of a disagreement, the
annual ETAN -meeting will formulate a solution on the next annual
Workgroups for competition,
seminars and grading
There is a lot of expertise
amongst the participating countries, each country can send 1 person to
the workgroup to set up the necessary for the ETAN events.
ŸCompetition : A European (ETAN)
Championship will be held in the year when there is no TAIN Championship.
This, however, is not a limit.
ŸSeminar : A European (ETAN) Seminar
will be held yearly. This, however, is not a limit.
ŸGrading : This will be discussed in
the workgroup to find a European (ETAN) solution for the participating
countries. For those who like to have a JAA-Menjo, this will be
according to JAA regulations, in this case contact the JAA liaison
ŸOther : items not included in the
previous will be discussed in a separate workgroup.
A liaisonofficer with the JAA
The JAA liaison officer will be
the spokesman of ETAN to the JAA (and JAA-related organisations).
Eddy Wolput of TOMIKI AIKIDO
BELGIUM is acting as the 1st JAA liaison officer.
Communication tools: a website
There is a front page about who
we are and a page with announcements. Participating countries can
publish dojo initiatives and all events on it. There is a link to
There will be a Webmaster to
develop the site and a logo and keep the site updated.