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02-13-2002, 09:03 AM
Hi all,

My name is Christophe PEREZ. I'm 30 years old.
I'm living in France, in the Castellet town (more exactly in "Le Plan du Castellet"), which is located in the Var department (83 number).
I'm working in computer science. I'm engineer and more exactly I'm software architect.

My dojo is located in the Beausset town. We depend of the "Federation Francaise d'Aikido et Budo" (FFAB) organization. One of the two recognized organizations in France (the other one is the FFFAA lead by Christian Tissier, a well-known senseļ). Our organization is lead by Noboyushi Tamura senseļ coming from Japan and who learned Aikido with O'senseļ.
My first teacher was Serge CRUZ. I thank him
hugely for transmitting me the Aikido passion.
It is sandan in the French system and shodan in the Aikikaļ ranking system.

I started the Aikido 4 years ago. And I have the first kyu rank (I will present my shodan in June ):rolleyes:
Since my young age, I love martial arts, but unfortunally my father preferred that I practiced football and it was too expensive for my familly. :(
When I started to work and earn money, with my wife, we wanted to practice a martial art. But the question at this time was: "What is the better martial art for us and where found a dojo ?". We don't want to practice Judo or Karate, for us, today they are more a sport than a martial art but the discussion is open ;).
In internet, I discovered that there is a dojo in the Beausset, near my house. The martial art, teached there, was the Aikido. What is it ? I didn't known this martial art and so we decided to look a course in this dojo. What surprise when we saw the teacher (Serge) executing techniques and speaking about Aikido. It was wonderful to see how the techniques are flowing, with no strenght use. I was surprised by the joy of the practioneer, and by the number of different ages and sexe. Men and Women practiced without any difference. I was already charmed by Aikido and when, after the course, Serge had explained us the Aikido philosophy, I say: "I find the martial art that I'm searching".
Since this day, I practice Aikido as often I can (unfortunaly, my job take me very time, but the Aikido is not only in the dojo, it is a way of life). We have the luck that N. Tamura senseļ is living in our department and so we can practice often with him.

Aikido is my way.

I am very pleased to be a member of the worldwide Aikido familly. Thanks to AikiWeb to offer us a location for sharing our Aikido love.

Bye everybody, :p


Robyn Johnson
02-13-2002, 11:01 AM
Welcome Chris!!! :cool: It's nice to meet you!;)

Robyn :)

02-13-2002, 12:00 PM
Originally posted by Robyn Johnson
Welcome Chris!!! :cool: It's nice to meet you!;)

Robyn :)

Thank you Robyn, Nice to meet you too.

02-13-2002, 12:33 PM
Welcome Chris,

nice introduction.

Living so closely to Tamura Shihan, you make me a bit jealous. ;)


02-13-2002, 01:37 PM
Hi Chris,

Thank you for your introduction, and Welcome to the AikiWeb Forums!

-- Jun

02-13-2002, 08:47 PM
Hi Chris, and welcome...and good luck on your shodan test!

02-13-2002, 10:32 PM
Hi and welcome!

You seem to have a great passion for the art. Good luck on your shodan test!:)


Dean H.
02-24-2002, 07:32 PM
Welcome Chris.

Thank you for the fine introduction.
Do you know anything about Yoseikan
Aikido in France? Or Yoseikan in general?

Best wishes always and especially on your Shodan test.

:triangle: :circle: :square:

02-25-2002, 03:03 AM
Originally posted by Dean H.
Welcome Chris.

Thank you for the fine introduction.
Do you know anything about Yoseikan
Aikido in France? Or Yoseikan in general?

Best wishes always and especially on your Shodan test.

:triangle: :circle: :square:

Hi Dean,

I'am sorry but I don't know very well what the Yoseikan Aikido is. The few, I saw on this martial art in France is that it is known as Yoseikan Budo and not Yoseikan Aikido. There are some Yoseikan Budo clubs in France and it seems that they are affiliated with the Karate federation.

I never hear about Yoseikan in my Aikido Federation or in the other official federation. But there are in France some little Aikido groups not recognized by the French sport minister (because they aren't affiliated with one of the recognized federations) and so there is certainly a Yoseikan Aikido club in France but I don't know more about, sorry. :freaky:



02-25-2002, 08:42 AM
Nice to meet you Chris. I liked the introduction, and I hope you have as fun as a time in these forums that I have since I joined!


Dean H.
02-25-2002, 10:17 PM
Thank you Chris.