French Aikido School to conduct International Autumn Aikido Seminar in Malta 14-16 October

Saturday, October 8, 2011, 8:55

Top French Aikido Master, Jean Francois Riondet (VII Dan), will be in Malta between 14-16 October to conduct an Aikido seminar of his Provence-based Buikukan-Provence Aikido School. The seminar is being organised by the school’s Maltese branch dojo the Bu-Iku-Kan Yamato Club.

Sensei Riondet will be accompanied by five of his senior students as well as his Japanese wife who is also an accomplished instructor and practitioner and, of particular interest to female Aikidoka, will be assisting in teaching.

Jean Francois Riondet Shihan has an impressive Aikido pedigree. He started Aikido in France at the age of 14. In the mid 70’s, in Paris, he met the late Japanese Master Hirokazu Kobayashi (VIII Dan), a direct disciple of Morihei Ueshiba the founder of Aikido. Impressed by the simplicity and powerfully fluid movements of Kobayashi’s Aikido, Riondet followed Kobayashi to Japan where he lived for 2.5 years as his live-in student. When he moved back to France in 1985 he founded the Bu-Iku-Kan Aikido School based in Provence. The School now has branches in Aix en Provence, La Ciotat, Gardanne and two in Marseille where  Master Riondet is based. The Malta dojo is the first branch of Buikukan-Provence outside France.

Riondet’s Aikido is one of dynamic fluidity and complex techniques that look misleadingly simple, disarmingly natural and graceful in their execution. This is particularly impressive given Riondet’s stature (he is over 6ft tall) and despite his size he is sometimes called the ‘poet of Aikido’.

Aikido is a Martial Art based on ancient Japanese Samurai tradition. It focuses primarily on the study of natural body movements, a supple approach to physical techniques and the development of a harmonious, co-operative spirit. Aikido is highly effective against violent aggression and an effective self-defence system which focuses on the neutralisation of an attack without inflicting injury.

The Seminar will be held at dojo’s premises located at the Maria Assumpta Girls Secondary School in Hamrun between 14-16 October 2011. It is open to all practicing Aikidoka and the general public is welcome to watch.  Further details can be obtained from or Aikido Malta on facebook or dial +356 9989 9733.

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