The History of The Sapporo Aikido Association
The Sapporo Aikido Association falls under the umbrella of the Aikikai organization founded by Morihei Ueshiba, the creator of Aikido.
In 1964, several individuals interested in Aikido formed an Aikido group in Sapporo using public facilities to train. In 1967, The Sapporo City Central Gymnasium was built and approved a private circle for people to get together and practice Aikido. In 1969, former Meiji University professor, Shoji Kamio, was transferred to Sapporo University during its foundation and became the first chief of the Sapporo Aikikai Branch.
In addition to Sapporo, there are 11 other local Aikikai organizations in cities and towns throughout Hokkaido. These dojos, as well as The Sapporo Aikido Association are affiliated through The Hokkaido Aikido Federation. At that time, only the Sapporo Central Gymnasium had Aikido practice. Now, however, there are six sites around Sapporo in several wards: Chuo, Higashi, Kita, Atsubetsu, Kiyota and Teine. Currently about 160 members regularly attend practice.