Aikido Kobayashi Dojo

Goals and purpose

To encourage the growth and development of aikido overseas, Aikido Kobayashi Dojo has been conducting many successful activities, including:

  • Dispatch of the instructors of Aikido Kobayashi Dojo for instructing in foreign countries.
  • Deepening the bonds between dojos.
  • Interaction of people through training, demonstration and camp.
  • Acceptance of live-in trainees from affiliate dojos.

Through these exchanges, we have come to understand that there are many talented people. However, while hoping to do strict aikido training in Japan, many of them are prevented from doing so because of financial difficulties. In order to offer an opportunity for aikido training in Japan to them, this fund was established in January 1991.

This scholarship program is intended not only to let them experience training in Japan, but also to give them an opportunity to understand Japanese lifestyle and culture, develop aikido overseas as future instructors.

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Resources of the Fund

  • Voluntary contribution from dojo members.
  • Voluntary contribution from friends and supporters of Aikido Kobayashi Dojo.

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  1. An applicant should, in principle, hold at least the rank of first degree black belt (shodan), and that applicant must be recommended by the head or the shihan of an organization which is affiliated to Aikido Kobayashi Dojo.
  2. The person recommended should, in principle, be able to stay at least 1 month.  If there are several candidates at a same period of time, priority would be given to whom that can stay for a longer period of time.
  3. The person recommended should be, in principle, able to afford the airfare and residence fees in whole or in part.

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Content of assistance

To give an opportunity to train aikido at Aikido Kobayashi Dojo in Japan for one or more trainees from affiliate dojos overseas, financial assistance is granted to them. The total amount of the grant depends on the decision of dojocho and instructors of Aikido Kobayashi Dojo in consultation with his/her supervisor.

  • Full or part of a round trip airfare between their origin and Japan.
  • Full or part of accommodation fee (30,000 yen/month, cost for meals not included) and instruction fee (10,000 yen/month).
  • Expenses for dispatching instructors to overseas.

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