Duty Instructors

NAME (GRADE)
Edmund Wan (6th Dan)
Samson Li (6th Dan)
Lawrence Leung (5th Dan)
Alan Chan (5th Dan)
Vincent Chui (4th Dan)
Justin Marchant (4th Dan)
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Classes will be held on Mondays to Sundays (excluding Thursdays) subject to the availability of a venue. Elementary Classes will be held on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Teaching will concentrate on basics, and 5th kyu to 3rd kyu techniques. Please refer to the exam. syllabus of the Association. Some bookings cannot be secured until 7 days in advance. Please refer to the Training Schedule for times, dates, Instructor and other information. Technical Committee

Passing away of Jimmy Lau

    It is with much regret that we have learned of the recent and sudden passing of Jimmy Lau. Jimmy was a long-time member of our Association and served on the Executive Committee and for about 12 months was Chairman. He was an active and reliable supporter always willing to help out with Association activities. He will be greatly missed by his many friends in the Association.

    Our deepest condolences to Jimmy’s family and friends.

    Rest in Peace

Reintroduction of Mat Fees

The Association has decided to reintroduce mats fees from June 2021. The prospect to be able to offer more classes from June 2021 seems to have improved. Classes are planned for Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from June. Of course this is still subject to venue availability.

For those on auto pay*, the first payment of $300 will be deducted at the end of May for the June payment. If you have not already paid your annual membership fee the first deduction will be $500.

The fee for a Sponsorship Member is set at HK$2,000 for the remainder of 2021/22. If you have not already renewed your membership you will need to also pay the annual fee of $200. (Sponsorship $2,000 + $200). The Sponsorship option is available until 31 May 2021.

Payment may be made by cheque or directly into the Associations bank Account either via ATM or by internet banking. If any member has difficulty with the arrangement please contact Lawrence Leung (membership@aikido.com.hk) or Vincent Chui (vincent@aikido.com.hk).

Name: The Hong Kong Aikido Association Limited
Number: 004 (HSBC Bank Code) 485-292767-001

Please ensure you retain the receipt of the transaction and send a copy of the receipt via email or What’s App to the Association with your full name and membership number.
Members should take the opportunity to update their contact details if necessary. There is no need to submit the renewal form if you have no changes.

The fee and and the updated information should be handed in to Lawrence Leung or Vincent Chui.

*Members who previously had their monthly fee settled by auto pay, may change to Sponsorship. Please do so before 31 May.

Members are encouraged to become a Sponsorship member or make their monthly payment via autopay (or sponsorship). If you have some difficulty, please contact the Association to make alternative arrangements.

REMINDER – Renewal of 2021/2022 Membership

    The Association wishes all the best for members during this continuing Covid19 pandemic. We hope that you all remain fit, healthy and in good spirits.

    The pandemic has already lasted over 12 months and looks set to continue for some time yet. There may be some respite coming now that the vaccine roll-out has commenced. The Association will endeavour to book training venues as long as HKSAR Government restrictions permit. Due to the frequently changing situation we will continue to post notices regarding any restrictions and precautions to be observed during practice. For the time being we will not schedule any special events such as Dan Grade Classes, Workshops or other special events.

    The 2021/22 Annual Fee is due in April 2021. The payment of $200 should be made by either cheque or payment into the Associations bank account by 30 April 2021. Payment may be made directly into the Associations bank Account either via ATM or by internet banking. If any member has difficulty with the arrangement please contact Vincent Chui (vincent@aikido.com.hk).

    Name: The Hong Kong Aikido Association Limited
    Number: 004 (HSBC Bank Code) 485-292767-001

    Please ensure you retain the receipt of the transaction and send a copy of the receipt via email or What’s App to the Association with your full name and membership number.

    The Association will continue the suspension of autopay and Sponsorship. If and when the situation becomes clearer and more regular classes resume, further announcements will be made in relation to training fees.

    For the moment, all current (to 31/3/2021) paid up members will be entitled to continue to practice. For those in arrears, the Association will contact you directly via email. If you have any questions or do not receive the email by 31 March, please contact Vincent Chui.

    We hope to see you all on the mat in the not too distant future.

    Executive Committee
    March 2021

Resumption of Training (March 2021)

Resumption of Training (March 2021)

Sports Venues have been open since mid-February and we are able to run some classes from the beginning of March.

There are HKSAR government and LCSD rules in place which must be followed. Class sizes are limited to 20. There are limitations on the way we can train. ie a distance of 1.5 metres must be maintained between groups within the class and the training must be arranged in such a way as to limit the group number to a maximum of 4 persons (including the instructor). While it may not be required by LCSD, all are required to wear a face mask during training with HKAA and within the venue. Please note that all are required to register with the Venue before they will be allowed to enter (either by using the LeaveHomeSafe App or filling in details upon arrival).

If you wish to attend a class, you will need to register with the Association by email at vincent@aikido.com.hk Registration will open at 5:00 pm two days before the class and close at 5:00 pm the day before the class. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Successful registrants will be notified via email. The Instructor may decide to run two separate hour-long classes depending upon the numbers wishing to attend. Please indicate on your registration if you prefer the first or second session.

The class instructor will inform you of any other requirements for attending.

Please be reminded that the Covid-19 situation in Hong Kong remains volatile. Members are asked to continue to be vigilant in maintaining social distancing, wearing a face mask, washing hands. Members should not attend classes if they feel unwell or have any suspicion that they may have been in contact with the infection.

Exec Committee 5 March 2021

Message to HKAA Members from Sugawara Sensei (translated from Japanese)

Dear HKAA members,

How is everyone in the Hong Kong Aikido Association? I heard that you have been unable to practice Aikido for more than four months. I hope all is well with you. I imagine if I was in the same situation, it is very tough for me. So I know how you feel.

The Japanese government declared a state of emergency from 7th April until 6th May. Hombu dojo has been closed since 8th April. Three weeks have passed since the state of emergency was declared. I am staying at home during this period. The Japanese government did not order but only proposed people to stay home. I am really worried about how long it will last.

I look forward to when we can join together, to be back to normal and be able to practice again.

I sincerely hope that your seminar will be held in September. I would like to do Keiko and toast with everyone.

I hope that all of you will overcome this situation and resume your Keiko. I wish you all the best, it will be a little longer.

菅原 繁
Shigeru Sugawara