New Mutokukai website

The new website is online

Diplomas alert

Dear friends,

Just to keep you informed of your diploma's whereabout. Diplomas where sent by Hombu dojo in January, stayed somewhere in a post office Italy until the 3d of March and are on their way back to Japan.
The reason given is "unknown address" although the address indicated is perfectly correct. The problem is obviously with the italian post office. See the attached document.

I feel sorry for all those who have been waiting for their diplomas for quite a long time but I can only ask you to be patient.

Stéphane Benedetti

Diplomas update

Dear friends,

At last, and after returning to Japan, diplomas are in italian custom's hands. We should get them without problems this time and shall do our best to deliver them as soon as possible.



Pierre Chassang

He died on April 29. The french Aikido, the european Aikido, the world Aikido bear his seal. His fiery and passionate personality brought him many friends and many enemies. He was born under the sign of Scorpio, he was the archetype. He was able to handle the worst bad faith with the innocence! When he was caught by the fire of passion the blue of his eyes shone. It was the race of the person who create and destroy, of the person who went to the Crusades, knight and pilgrim. He wore no armor, but a hakama and a bokken.
Goodbye Peter, old warrior, finally rest in peace.

Stéphane Benedetti

A roof for the showers

A new roof for the showers has been build at Mutokukai Hombu Dojo


Please take note of the new conditions for enrolling in DAN grade examinations organized within the framework of the MUTOKUKAI. These conditions are the application of the international regulations established by the AIKIKAI.

Aikido / Ken
November 27 - 29, 2015
M.T. Shewan
November 28 - 29, 2015
Frankfurt am Main
Z. Kokowski
Aikiken (Kumitachis Arikawa Sensei)
November 28, 2015
Balcells 40
J. Marcos
November 28 - 29, 2015
Le Mans
S. Benedetti Shihan
Aikido with/avec/con Florindo Baldo
November 29, 2015
Saronno (VA)
A. Pozzi
Visits since September 5, 2011
Mutokukai Europe
Chiba Sensei
Kazuo Chiba Sensei passed away on the 5th of June. His powerful Aikido style had a great influence on our generation. Personally I have precious memories of an unlimited and ever-enthusiastic generosity that sometimes led to angry spells ... but once the storm had dissipated there appeared one of the most luminous smiles that I have ever known. A smile that opened up right from the heart.
May he rest in Peace.
Kazuo Chiba est mort le 5 juin. Son aikido puissant avait marqué notre génération mais de lui, je voudrais surtout garder le précieux souvenir d'une générosité impétueuse et passionnée qui l'entraînait parfois jusqu'à la colère... La tempête se dissipait et apparaissait alors le sourire le plus lumineux qu'il m'ait été donné de connaître. Un sourire qui s'ouvrait jusqu'au coeur.
Qu'il repose en paix.

Kazuo Chiba è morto il 5 Giugno. Il suo aikido potente ha segnato la nostra generazione, ma di lui vorrei mantenere soprattutto il ricordo di una generosità impetuosa ed appassionata, che talvolta lo portava fino alla collera... La tempesta si dissipava ed appariva allora il sorriso più luminoso che abbia avuto modo di conoscere. Un sorriso che arrivava al cuore.
Riposi in pace.

Kazuo Chiba murió  el 5 de junio. Su potente aikido había marcado nuestra generación , pero de  él  me gustaría sobre todo guardar el preciado recuerdo de una generosidad impetuosa y apasionada que a veces daba  lugar a la ira ... La tormenta se disipaba y luego aparecía la sonrisa más brillante que he conocido jamás . Una sonrisa que se abría hasta el corazón.
Que descanse en paz.

Stéphane Benedetti & Tiki Shewan
PDF Chiba Kazuo Sensei  by Paul Muller
Chiba Strasbourg 1975Chiba La Colle 1977
Chiba Strasbourg 1976Chiba Strasbourg 1975 Aikiken  

Mutokukai is structured as an organism that is non-bureaucratic, decentralized and organized as a network for exchange between Martial Arts practitioners. Each national branch organization possesses a complete administrative autonomy so that it can deal freely with the conditions and particularities according to its own local situation. (For example, it is obvious that the administrative questions in France concern in particular french people). The technical direction of Mutokukai is assured by a 'technical committee' co-opted by the founders. Since we do not wish to be a federation, nor to become one, we reserve the right to select all of our members who may be in the form of a dojo, a group of dojo(s) or individual members. The fact of being a member of Mutokukai does not, in any way whatsoever, exclude participation within other organizations be they federal or other.

Mutokukai is apolitical and has no intention of being involved or in competition with federations. Federations everywhere are administrative organizations with the responsibility of organizing sports practice and the representation of sports practitioners within the ministry of sports or the equivalent (Olympic Committee etc.) In France these organisms receive a delegation (recognition) from the ministry in order to organize exams for national grading and/or national teaching diplomas. It is not our intention to be involved in these processes. Mutokukai considers that sports activities (the framework, the spirit & objectives) have no place within the practice of Aikido or other traditional Budo. Mutokukai simply does not consider that the practice of Aikido (though based on physical activity) can, in any way, be considered "sport activity". We promote 'traditional practice' based on the teachings passed on by Tamura Nobuyoshi Shihan and numerous other teachers with similar outlooks (all students of the founder of Aikido) who have deliberately avoided ministries of sports and rightly preserved the spiritual and the cultural elements in Budo. We wish to leave 'sport' in its place as sport.

We have opened a main dojo in Arenys de Munt to the north of Barcelona (Catalonia) in Spain. The dojo itself will have 500m2 (400m2 of tatami), a reception area for the practitioners and the possibility for extended term lodging. Mutokukai is presently awaiting official recognition by the Aikikai - Aikido so Hombu.

Yamada Yoshimitsu Shihan is the technical advisor and Malcolm Tiki Shewan and Stephan Benedetti are the founders and technical directors.


Mutoku, Selflessness.

The Heart Sutra (Hannya Shingyô) puts forth the very essence of buddhist teaching and the activity of the bodhisattva (an awakened being). One of the virtues of a bodhisattva is that the desire for personal gain (得) or acquiring for oneself, is absent (無). Wisdom and compassion are not means for acquiring awakening but rather are part of the Buddha-Nature. Thus it is this 'selflessness'  (無得 - mu-toku) that makes the bodhisattva an awakened being. In this same manner, the practice of Aikido cannot justify itself through the desire for grades and titles - this only strengthens a state of 'attachement' of the individual and is contrary to the self-developing nature of 'free spirit' in Aikido. The most important thing is 'selfless' practice - this will bring true freedom.