The Worldwide Sports Aikido Federation (WSAF) was established in 2016 as the International Governing Body to manage and promote competitive “Sport Aikido”.
The WSAF is registered in Switzerland as a not for profit “Verein” a community interest company. Competitions are open to all Aikidoka and groups irrespective of association; affiliation or the style of Aikido practised.
The WSAF shall be inclusive, democratic, and international with equal international representation as a core principle.
All national sport aikidoassociations (“Associations”) based in a country which is a member of the United Nations, and which is responsible for the organisation and implementation of sport aikido-related matters in the country, shall have the right to seek membership in the WSAF Congress. Generally speaking, each country shall have up to three WSAF Congress representatives so as to provide as much as reasonably possible geographical and proportional representation to its Sport Aikido practitioners. Subject to the preceding two sentences, each country shall be free to determine for itself the process by which its three Congress representatives are to be selected and appointed as well as the process by which they may be recalled and replaced. However, if any dispute arises as to the legitimacy or identity of a country’s representatives, the WSAF Executive Committee may arbitrate.
The organisation’s key objectives:-
1. To provide unified international tournaments and world championships in which all competitors are free to participate regardless of lineage or affiliation.
2. To develop and maintain internationally agreed competition rules for both randori and embu.
3. To promote fair competition through independent and well informed judges, referees and officials.
4. To promote drugs free sport to provide an environment where competitors have the confidence to compete using only their natural sporting ability.
5. To ensure the financial sustainability of International Aikido competition.
6. To ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of competitors.
7. To recognize Nation States as identified by the United Nations as members of WSAF.
8. To promote and market the concept and practice of competitive Aikido.
9. To provide effective and efficient management structure to aid the development of Sport Aikido.
10. To achieve Olympic recognition.
- Russian Federation
- United Kingdom
- United States of America
Associate Members Include:
- Czech Republic
- New Zealand
WSAF believe that equity is about fairness in sport, equality of access, recognising inequalities and taking steps to address them. It is about changing the culture and structure of sport to ensure that it becomes equally accessible to all members of society, whatever their age, ability, gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality or socio-economic status.
The WSAF will promote efforts to develop Sport Aikido clubs and organizations in non-member nations. The WSAF will where practicable assist them in becoming self-sufficient and self-determining entities capable of applying to the WSAF to have their respective nations become members of the WSAF.