International Yoshinkai Aikido Federation (IYAF) Bylaws
The aim of the IYAF is to support the overseas
teaching of Yoshinkai Aikido. Through the federation, instructors worldwide have
a direct link to the Honbu dojo and access to the following:
1. Instructor certificates
2. Kyu and dan certificates
3. Dojo registration Certificates
4. International Membership cards
5. Subsidized visits by Honbu Dojo and IYAF instructors
6. Instructors courses
7. Historical documents
8. Teaching materials, including videos
All Yoshinkan black belt students (yudansha)
are eligible for IYAF instructor certificates. Issued directly by Soke Shioda
Gozo, these certificates, or teaching licenses are valid for life. They
establish a direct link with Soke Shioda Gozo. Holders of these certificates are
registered instructors. No annual registration is necessary. Requirements are:
1) A dan ranking in Yoshinkan aikido
2) A recommendation from an IYAF instructor
ranked 3rd dan or higher.
Instructors may grade students, obtain kyu and dan
certificates from the IYAF, and use the name Yoshinkan Aikido and the Yoshinkan
aikido symbol. As instructors themselves are promoted, they may apply for
certificates stating the grading responsibility of their rank.
Long term, within anyone country there will
develop a number of registered instructors. These instructors may collectively
form regional or national federations. Such federations should provide
democratic representation for the interest of all member instructors. In certain
countries, the political environment may make national federations useful. Only
one national federation will be recognized by the IYAF.
KYU and DAN CERTIFICATES
Kyu and dan certificates are available for
students graded by registered instructors. Kyu certificates are available for
rankings beginning at 9th kyu and must be used from 3rd kyu. The student's name
and kyu, the date and instructor's name will be filled in by the instructor. Dan
certificates and children's' dan certificates will be issued individually by Soke
Shioda Gozo. The student's name will be written on the certificate at the IYAF.
Registration of gradings with the IYAF is necessary for gradings to be entered
in the Yoshinkan records. Records of kyu and dan rankings should be submitted to
the IYAF on a regular basis.
DOJO REGISTRATION CERTIFICATES
The IYAF can provide registration certificates
for Yoshinkan Aikido dojos. These certificates prove that dojos are officially
recognized by the IYAF. Only individuals approved by Soke Shioda Gozo may
receive dojo registration certificates.
INTERNATIONAL MEMBERSHIP CARDS
Membership with the IYAF is available to all
students and instructors of Yoshinkan aikido worldwide. Membership is automatic
for all persons belonging to existing or future Yoshinkan groups. No membership
fee is necessary. In several countries, the political situation within the
martial arts generates the need for physical evidence of membership. To provide
this IYAF membership cards are available to those groups who wish to use them
(see fees and conditions). These cards bear the internationally recognized
Yoshinkan Aikido symbol, the students photograph, name, address, country and
student number; and the name of the student's dojo.
SUBSIDIZED VISITS BY HONBU DOJO AND IYAF
To assist overseas groups, instructors from
the Honbu dojo are available for overseas visits. Salaries are paid by Honbu dojo in the main, with a subsidy provided by the IYAF. The international airfare
will be paid for by the IYAF, finances permitting. Honbu dojo instructors will
participate in regular classes and conduct clinics, gradings, demonstrations,
and instructor courses. Any group may invite instructors from the Honbu dojo.
Accommodation can be in the form of a home stay. Visiting instructors may be
utilized in fund raising by host groups. Dependent on finances, grants may be
available for IYAF instructors to visit existing or future Yoshinkan aikido
groups. Applications should be submitted to the IYAF.
TEACHING MATERIALS AND INSTRUCTOR COURSES
The Honbu dojo has a wide variety of teaching
materials: guidelines for kyu and dan techniques and tests, instructional
videotapes and publications, and instructor courses and gradings. The
international Instructors course is eleven months in duration. Shorter courses
can be designed for those with time constraints.
FEES AND CONDITIONS
The IYAF seeks to reduce the cost of
instructors' licenses and to provide extensive support for all individuals
involved in teaching Yoshinkan Aikido.
International Membership cards
Instructor certificates (lifetime
Dojo registration Certificates
||Cost to Upgrade
*Note: includes lifetime registration
**Initial registration at 1st Dan = ¥20,000
APPLICATION of FEES
Fees from IYAF membership and instructors and
dojo registration certificates will be used to subsidize overseas visits by
Honbu Dojo instructors. Fees from kyu and dan rankings go directly to the IYAF
for administration costs. All instructor, dan and dojo certificates will be
written in Japanese, with an English translation on the reverse side. A special
fee structure is available for economically less developed countries.
The fees for kyu and dan certificates are
those applied in Japan. For dan tests administered by non-honbu dojo
instructors, only 50% of the certificate fees must be submitted to the IYAF, the
remaining 50% stays with the instructor.
Kyu Certificates: sets of five: cost ¥5,000
If the dan grading is conducted by a Honbu dojo instructor, the following processing fee is also required:
The minimum time required between dan grading
is as follows unless otherwise specified by the testing committee in
consultation with Soke Shioda Gozo.
Note: Gradings for 5th dan and above are
conducted only by Honbu Dojo instructors. Rankings of 6th dan and above are
usually awarded through recommendation or invitation, although those who wish to
test may do so.
|From 1st dan to 2nd dan
|From 2nd dan to 3rd
|From 3rd dan to 4th dan
|From 4th dan to 5th dan
|From 5th dan to 6th dan
|From 6th dan to 7th dan
|From 7th dan to 8th dan
Please add 10% to all fees to cover the
cost of postage and handling - to a maximum of ¥5,000. For further details on
the IYAF or Yoshinkan Aikido in Japan, please contact the IYAF,
IYAF Bylaws per original IYAF Bylaws
1990- with updated prices for Dan certificates, and the 10% shipping and
handling fee capped at Yen 5,000, per June 1997 information notice from Honbu.