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National Seminar with ASA Chief Technical Advisor: Roberto Travaglini Sensei (6° Dan) - South Africa.

Dear aikido friends - it is heartwarming to see the interest from so many international students from different countries since the publication of the seminar in December 2012. 

It is clear that this will not only be a National Seminar in South Africa, but certainly also an International Seminar of note. Given va
rious requests I have now received from international students who have questions about VISA’s, accommodation, logistics, costs etc for traveling to South Africa, please watch this space and the website where I will shortly publish all relevant information that you might need.

I look forward to share the tatami with you all - under the guidance of Travaglini Sensei - the way Fujimoto Shihan would want us to :).

Sensei Elroy Goliath (4° Da

ASA Chief Instructor



It gives me great pleasure to formally announce that Sensei Roberto Travaglini (6° Dan) and leading senior student of the late Shihan Yoji Fujimoto Shihan (8° Dan), assumes with immediate effect the position of CHIEF TECHNICAL ADVISOR of AIKIDO SOUTH AFRICA®. This was the last will of Yoji Fujimoto Shihan for South African aikido and carries the full sanction of our Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba and Hombu Dojo – Tokyo, Japan. 

I have known Travaglini Sensei for many years as friend and teacher and look forward to share with you his magnificent and explosive aikido in South Africa (the only word I can think of to describe it). I deeply respect him as teacher and person, and extend a warm welcome to him from all of us here in South Africa. With the support of Travaglini Sensei we dedicate ourselves to continuing the legacy of Fujimoto Shihan in South Africa.

Sensei Roberto Travaglini 6° Dan Aikikai of Italy and Aikikai Tokyo, started practicing aikido in 1979 (after practicing judo with teacher Ezechiele Romagnoli (Judo 5° Dan and Aikido 3° Dan)). He is a direct student of Yoji Fujimoto Shihan (8° Dan Aikikai Shihan) and immediately started to attend seminars with several Japanese masters of aikido, particularly those directed by Fujimoto Sensei. Travaglini Sensei has been uke for Fujimoto Shihan since 1983. As uke he followed and continues to follow Hiroshi Tada Sensei (9°Dan) and before also Hideki Hosokawa Sensei (7° Dan).

He became Shodan in 1983 (Fujimoto Sensei, Yondan in 1995 (Tada Sensei), Godan in 2001 (Tada Sensei) and Rokudan in 2010 (Fujimoto Sensei).
He has been teaching aikido since 1990 where he founded the dojo of Fano and Forlì, in Italy. In 1991 he founded Dojo Aikido Keiko in Bologna, where he is still responsible.

He has taught and continues to give lectures and seminars in Italy and abroad. In addition, he teaches educational disciplines at the University of Urbino “Carlo Bo”. These courses also include detail on the art of aikido as a means of education and pedagogy. He has written and edited several psycho pedagogical essays, including the volumes Educating with aikido (2009) and The educational processes of aikido (2011). Since 2006, nominated by Aikikai of Italy, he received a readership for seminars for the training of Italian teachers of aikido for children and teens.

Travaglini Sensei is amongst other duties responsible for directing the technical standard of aikido in ASA, continuing the work as established by Fujimoto Shihan and perform Dan gradings up to 4° Dan. He will visit South Africa annually to conduct national seminars and Dan grading examinations (for details on his 2012 seminar in South Africa, click on the following link (international students welcome):

AIKIDO SOUTH AFRICA® is deeply honoured to have Travaglini Sensei as its Chief Technical Advisor ensuring the continuation of the highest standard of aikido in South Africa and in the world today.

Sensei Elroy Goliath (ASA Chief Instructor - 4° Dan)

Established in 2009 by Dr Elroy Goliath, AIKIDO SOUTH AFRICA® is the only Aikikai Aikido organisation in South Africa established under the technical guidance of one of the most renowned Japanese Shihan in the aikido world - the late Shihan Yoji Fujimoto (1948 - 2012). Click here to view a tribute to the Master.The strict technical requirements of Fujimoto Shihan was transferred over many years of studying under his guidance to his resident student, Sensei  Elroy Goliath (4th Dan) and ensures the highest quality of Aikido teachings to its students in South Africa.

 Elroy Goliath Sensei (Chairman and Chief instructor of AIKIDO SOUTH AFRICA®) successfully tested for his SANDAN (3rd Dan) and YONDAN (4th Dan) examinations with Fujimoto Shihan during the respective 10-day Yudansha training seminars in Europe.

The latter examination took place in July 2011. He is the first South African ever to obtain these Dan grades directly from a Hombu Dojo Japanese 
Shihan under international examination conditions.

Sensei Roberto Travaglini (6° Dan) and leading senior student of the late Shihan Yoji Fujimoto Shihan (8° Dan) now assumes the position of CHIEF TECHNICAL ADVISOR of AIKIDO SOUTH AFRICA® under the instruction of Fujimoto Shihan. This position carries the full sanction of our Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba and Hombu Dojo – Tokyo, Japan.

AIKIDO SOUTH AFRICA® emphasizes strong and dynamic aikido movement with a clear and systematic teaching methodology easy to understand by students of all levels.  It dedicates itself to raising and maintaining the quality and standard of Aikido teaching in South Africa at its highest level, and on par with the best in the world.

The aikido taught in AIKIDO SOUTH AFRICA® affiliated dojo’s are different in intensity and technical depth of understanding compared to other unassociated dojo’s in South Africa (visit an AIKIDO SOUTH AFRICA® dojo near to you or view the videos on this website - you can decide for yourself). AIKIDO SOUTH AFRICA® offers its students a variety of services, taking substantial interest in their development.

Classes are designed around children, youths and adults with Seminars being held on a frequent basis to support members technically,including formalised instructors courses. Children in AIKIDO SOUTH AFRICA® become advanced senior aikido students - the future of aikido in South Africa! 

To find out what Aikido can do for your child - click here.

AIKIDO SOUTH AFRICA® will be driving transformation by upliftment of disadvantaged communities and its youths. Aikido has previously and for decades been delimite d in its exposures to only selected groups in the country, which now is changing towards a more inclusive martial art offered to the broader community in South Africa.

 AIKIDO SOUTH AFRICA® holds as strategic intent, the contribution to South African society, using aikido as vehicle for self-cultivation and leadership among all people in South Africa. At its core,

AIKIDO SOUTH AFRICA® provides diferent types of services and levels of training. These include specialised short courses of aikido-based self defence for women and corporate business, practical aikido for Law enf orcement personnel or the more practical self defense inclined student.

Team Building sessions for Corporates are also provided, allowing attendants to gain understanding of practical self defense through aikido while having lots of fun!

 For those interested in starting aikido close to them in any location in South Africa, please click here or contact Sensei Elroy Goliath (Paarl, Western Cape) directly for his personal response - click here..

Yoji Fujimoto Shihan (1948-2012)

Yoji Fujimoto Shihan (1948-2012)