Schedule: 10:30 am to 4:30 pm (Please bring your training weapons)
Cost: $50 (Light Lunch
Location: Redlands Aikikai 590 Nevada St., Suites A, B & C Redlands, CA 92373
André Cognard Shihan
Sunday June 23, 2013
Sunday, June 23
5:30 pm to 8:00pm
Please Bring Your Training Weapons
André Cognard Shihan, 8th Dan
In his childhood, Cognard Shihan trained in judo, aikido and karatedo. When he was
17 years old he began teaching aikido to adults and at the age of 21 years he received
the French state diploma for teaching judo, aikido, karatedo and kendo.
In 1973 André Cognard met Kobayashi Hirokazu Sensei, a direct disciple of O Sensei
(Kobayashi Sensei started at Hombu Dojo in 1946). After twenty-five years of practice
under Kobayashi Sensei, Cognard Shihan was designated Kobayashi Shihan’s successor
as head of the Kokusai Aikido Kenshukai Kobayashi Hirokazu Ryu Ha.
The Académie d'Autonome Aikido was founded by Cognard Shihan in 1982, where aikido
is taught by traditional means, ethically based on a respect for the individual,
and with theoretical support from psychology, philosophy, and western and eastern
medicine. He resides at Bourg Argental in France, where he has operated his current
main Dojo, the Kobayashi Hirokazu Kinen Aikidojo, since 2003.
Cognard Shihan is also one of the highest-ranking representatives of the Dai Nippon
Butoku Kai: the title ofHanshiwas bestowed upon him in April 2012, at the Fourth
World Butoku Sai held at the Butokuden in Kyoto, Japan.