AIKIDO WORLD HEADQUARTERS - INTERNATIONAL REGULATIONS
|1. International Regulations|
|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.
|2. Revision to Hombu recognition|
|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.
|3. Hombu 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.
|4. Relation between International Aikido Federation (IAF) and Hombu Aikido World Headquarters|
|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 .
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