Worldwide Sports Aikido Federation


1. Event Name:

The 3rd Aikido World Championships

The 3rd WSAF Junior, Youth, Cadet and Senior Aikido World Championships

2. Organizers:

Worldwide Sports Aikido Federation (WSAF).

3. Supervising Body:

(NPO) Shodokan Aikido Federation

􀀀545-0021 1-28-7 Hannan-cho, Abeno-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka, Japan

Tel/Fax: 06-6622-2046


4. Dates:2023

Sunday, 9th July

Training session/meeting for referees, judges, and staff􀀀Osaka & Tokyo)

Friday, 14th July

Training session/meeting for referees, judges, and staff􀀀Osaka)

WSAF Assembly

Saturday, 15th July

Championship (Senior Division) Day 1

Sunday, 16th July

Championship (Senior Division) Day 2

Championship Award Ceremony and Party

Monday, 17th July (National Holiday)

Championship Youth Division (Junior, Youth and Cadet)

Youth Award Ceremony and Closing Ceremony

In accordance with WSAF regulations, referees, judges, and staff involved in this tournament are required to attend any one of the training sessions that shall be held in Tokyo and Osaka on Sunday, July 9th and in Osaka on Friday, July 14th.

5. Venue and Location:

Tenri University Budokan

80 Tainoshomachi, Tenri City, Nara Prefecture 632-0071

Tenri University Faculty of Physical Education Campus

Accommodation: Please note that there are many hotels near JR Nara Station and Kintetsu Nara Station, from which the venue can easily be easily accessed.

Shodokan Aikido Federation shall not be responsible for arranging accommodation for officials, staff, or athletes. We ask that each person or group make their own arrangements.

Useful links:

Nara City Tourism Association

Japanese page:

English page:

6. Participation/ Entry Fees:

Championship section: 6,000 yen

Youth Division: 4,000 yen

If any participant joins both the Senior Championships (mixed team event) and the Youth Division, please pay the entry fee for the Senior Championships.

The above competition entry fees do not include lunches or the fee for the party scheduled for Sunday, 16th July.

7. Events:

A. Championship Division (Senior)

Participants in this division must be at least 18 years of age (with the exception of the first three portions of the mixed team event which are open to players between 16 and 18 years old).

1. Embu: Basic randori no kata (17 empty-handed techniques; kyu grades)

2. Embu: Basic randori no kata (17 techniques against tanto; dan grades)

3. Embu: Free kata (empty-handed; within 2 minutes)

4. Embu: Koryu goshin no kata (16 empty-handed kneeling, hanzahandachi, and standing techniques)

5. Mixed team event (7 people per team)

Koryu goshin no kata (8 empty-handed kneeling and hanzahandachi techniques; open to players from 16 years of age)

Koryu goshin no kata (8 empty-handed standing techniques; open to players from 16 years of age)

Tanto taisabaki (Kyu grade players; open to players from 16 years of age regardless of gender)

Women’s tanto randori

Men’s tanto randori

6. Women’s individual tanto randori

7. Men’s individual tanto randori

8. Women’s team randori

9. Men’s team randori

※ In the embu section, participants may only enter a maximum of two events.

※ Only one team per country may enter the mixed team event.

B. Youth Division (Junior)

Up to 11 years old U12

10. Embu: Basic randori no kata (10 atemi and hiji waza)

11. Embu: Kakarigeiko (against tanto)

12. Embu: Ninindori (empty-handed; team of three)

13. Tanto taisabaki (female section)

14. Tanto taisabaki (male section)

C. Youth Division (Youth)

Between 12 and 15 years old (U16)

15. Embu: Basic randori no kata (17 techniques)

16. Embu: Kakarigeiko (against tanto)

17. Embu: Ninindori (empty-handed; team of three)

18. Embu: Free kata

19. Tanto taisabaki (female section)

20. Tanto taisabaki (male section)

21. Tanto randori (female section)

22. Tanto randori (male section)

D. Youth Division (Cadet)

Between 16 and 18 years old (U19)

23. Embu: Basic randori no kata (17 techniques)

24. Embu: Kakarigeiko (against tanto)

25. Embu: Ninindori (empty-handed; team of three)

26. Embu: Free kata

27. Tanto randori (female section)

28. Tanto randori (male section)

In the Youth Division (Junior/Youth/Cadet), participants may only enter a maximum of two embu event. Past the entry deadline, double entries (overlapping participation) may be permitted only after the Executive Committee has determined that it is unavoidable due to unforeseen health issues.

Whilst junior athletes may compete in the Youth events and youth athletes may enter the Cadet events, they are not permitted to participate in tanto events (taisabaki competition/randori competition) or embu events in both divisions.

Participation in both tanto taisabaki and tanto randori competitions is not permitted in the Youth category.

For the Youth Division, please enter your age as of Sunday, 16th July, 2023. For example, if your 12th birthday falls on 17th July, you may enter events in the Youth Division


8. Entry Submission and Deadlines:

Submit to: WSAF Local Organising Conmmittee


(NPO) Shodokan Aikido Federation

3rd Aikido World Championship Executive Committee Chairman Shinnosuke Sakai

Shodokan, 1-28-7 Hannan-cho, Abeno-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka 545-0021, Japan


Submission of entry sheet before Wednesday, 14th June, 2023 Japan time

Participation/entry fees payable before Friday, 30th June, 2023 Japan time

More details to follow