Founded in 1952, the Kokusai Budoin, International Martial Arts Federation, is dedicated to providing access to archives of historical information and sources of traditional instruction, as well as the promotion of friendship and cooperation among leaders and enthusiasts of the Japanese martial arts. With its headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, IMAF has established branches in 17 countries, with members throughout the world. IMAF is comprised of the following divisions: Judo, Kendo, Karatedo, Aikido, Iaido, Nihon Jujutsu and Kobudo.
Established in Switzerland since 1958, Master Mitsuhiro Kondo - Japanese expert in Judo (9th Dan Hanshi), Aikijitsu (7th Dan Kyoshi) and Karatedo (6th Dan) - founded the Association IMAF Switzerland in 1986. Under the aegis of the Kokusai Budoin, International Martial Arts Federation, he was recognized as "Branch Director" for Switzerland in 1987.
In 1995, the Association IMAF Switzerland was officially listed on the Swiss Register of Commerce (N° CH-660-0413995-3), based on the statutes approved on 18 February 1995.
Master Mitsuhiro Kondo has developed and assumed the chairmanship of the Association IMAF Switzerland since its foundation until 2007. The first in July 2007 he became President of honor.
The new president of the Association IMAF Switzerland, Mr Robert Rapin becomes "Branch Director" for Switzerland on 1 January 2008.
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Le thème (calligraphie réalisée par Maître Pascal Krieger):
JÛ YOKU GÔ (WO) SEI (SURU)
Prends conscience de ta souplesse et tu contrôleras ta force! (style semi-fluide)
Be aware of your flexibility and you will control your strength! (...)
[Text by Adrien Beck (in French)]