WORLD HEADQUARTERS' INTERNATIONAL REGULATIONS
: International Regulations and Hombu Recognition
The Aikido World Headquarters�� International Regulations
were first promulgated by Hombu Aikido World Headquarters in 1980
as rules to deal with matters relating to the propagation and development
of Aikido throughout the world. Hombu Official Recognition is given
to Aikido organizations according to the provisions set forth in
the International Regulations.
Hombu recently applied revisions to the International
Regulations, and the revised Regulations became effective on the
1st of October, 2000. Major modifications were made to the provisions
relating to Hombu Recognition. Until now it has been stipulated
that Hombu Recognition should be given only to one organization
in a given country. However, taking into consideration many factors
such as the rapid expansion of the Aikido population in many countries,
the birth and growth of new Aikido organizations in the last two
decades, etc., it has been decided that Hombu Recognition may be
given to more than one organization in a given country.
Recognition (Article 2)
An Aikido organization
which has been given Hombu Recognition is authorized to conduct
Kyu/Dan grading examinations for its members, forming a relevant
Grading Committee consisting of qualified members (Article 2.3).
In this case, such power is given to the organization itself and
not to any individual member of the organization. If a member of
the Grading Committee leaves the organization, he is no longer authorized
to conduct grading examinations. The conditions to acquire Hombu
Recognition are listed in Article 2.1. Acquisition of Hombu Recognition
by any Aikido organization does not mean that it becomes a representative
of Hombu or that it is affiliated to Hombu. Any Aikido organization
of the world is independent of Hombu legally and organizationally.
Also Hombu Recognition does not mean that the relevant organization
can enjoy an exclusive position to propagate Aikido in a given country.
Hombu Recognition does not have any political implication. It is
a vertical relation between Hombu and each Aikido organization for
the purpose of instruction and grading of Aikido.
Aikido Federation and Hombu Recognition
Hombu Recognition is one of the necessary conditions
to become a member of the I.A.F. However, Hombu Recognition does
not mean that the relevant organization automatically becomes a
member of the I.A.F. The I.A.F. and Hombu-Aikido World Headquarters
are separate bodies supporting each other, and both organizations
have different regulations, rules, etc .