On the 18 and 19 April 2009 one of Europe’s top Aikido practitioners Master Renato Tamburelli (5 Dan) held a well-attended Aikido seminar at the Yamato Aikido Dojo in Hamrun.
The two day seminar included training sessions for all senior club members, special sessions dedicated to the newly-opened Aikido Junior club (ages 11-16) and closed-door sessions for senior Yudansha (black-belt) students.
Master Renato Tamburelli was impressed with the enthusiasm of the group of practitioners of all ages.
“I am delighted with the progress that has been made in the last 12 months and with the passion of the Maltese Aikidoka students. I am very happy with the growth of the club and looking forward to supporting its technical development” said Master Tamburelli.
This was Sensei Tamburelli’s second visit to the Yamato club. He led a seminar and officiated at the opening of the club’s new location a year ago.
Master Renato Tamburelli has been practicing Aikido for over 35 years. He has studied under two of Aikido’s founding Japanese masters Hiroshi Tada Sensei (9 Dan) within Aikikai Italy. In the late 80s, he was one of the founding members of AIKO association, which is under the technical direction of Nobuyoshi Tamura Sensei (8 Dan). He is the present head of the National Technical Commission of AIKO to which the Yamato Dojo is officially affiliated.
On the following weekend, 25 and 26 April, three senior students from Yamato Dojo were welcomed to Italy by Sensei Tamburelli to participate in a seminar led by his teacher Sensei Nobuyoshi Tamura.
Aikido is a Japanese martial art that focuses primarily on self defence and the development of a harmonious, co-operative spirit.
Anyone interested in Aikido is invited to come and visit the Aikido Yamato club in Hamrun and observe or participate in Aikido sessions. A special beginner’s course is starting in Hamrun but new members are accepted any time. For further information on Aikido or the Yamato Club call on 9989 9733 or go to www.aikidomalta.net
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