Hello. I'm Makoto Otaka.
I'm sorry to inform you about the cancellation of overseas seminars due to COVID-19.
As you know, the global confusion caused by COVID-19 is still ongoing.
The impact is widespread, and the dojos of Aikido in each country are also closed.
For this reason, two of the planned overseas seminars by Soke were unfortunately canceled.
Portugal in May and California in July.
These are also the seminars that were scheduled for video distribution after the end of this challenge.
We sincerely apologize to all those who support the challenge that we need to change the video we send.
I am currently discussing the contents with Soke.
First, we considered delivering three videos after Soke's overseas seminar resumed.
But, with no prospect of a recovery in the world situation, we don't know when it will be possible.
Rather, for the use of a guide when dojos of each country can be resumed,
we believe that delivering the guidance of Soke as soon as possible will be a light of hope toward the new world.
We will officially announce it again, but we are planning the following contents at the moment.
The first is a video of the Rennes Seminar in November 2019, which was fortunately recorded.
This will be the last seminar before the world is closed with COVID-19.
It can be said that this video is a compilation of the latest guidance by Soke.
The second is a video of the technical explanation by Soke which will be shotten anew at Iwama dojo.
Unlike a seminar with a live feeling, it seems that the video will be organized based on a certain concept.
If you have any requests, we may be able to incorporate them.
In addition, if the Slovak seminar in November will be held as scheduled, we will deliver the contents as the third video.
Regarding the delivery method, we are considering again whether streaming delivery is good or recording medium is good.
There may be other things that we have to change from the original plan, but we kindly ask for your patience in view of the situation.
Not to mention the virus, various economic and social problems continue to threaten the world.
We sincerely pray for your health and the well-being of your family.