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Home > Sumatra Donation

As discussed in this AikiWeb Forums thread, the recent earthquake in Sumatra has devastated an aikido dojo in the city of Padang, as chronicled in recent news, when the earthquake struck during their practice, completely flattening the building in which they were training:

Wednesday, December 16, 2009: Hi everyone,

I just received a nice message from Hiroaki Kobayashi sensei who collected the donations for the Padang dojo in Indonesia and went there personally to deliever the donations. In the end, 1,200,000 yen was collected through donations -- over $13,000.

Kobayashi sensei's message can be seen below in this post as well as on their website (which includes links to more photos, a video of the presentation, and more):


Once again, I wish to thank everyone who helped support this donation effort both here on AikiWeb as well as around the world.


-- Jun

Appreciation for the Indonesia Earthquake Donation

On behalf of Aikido Kobayashi Dojo, I would like to thank you for your donation for the rehabilitation of Padang dojo in Indonesia. Thanks to your generous support, we were able to collect 1,200,000 yen in total, from more than 500 people.

At the beginning, we started to collect donation for the people in Padang to rehabilitate the dojo. However, later we found out that the chief instructor of Padang dojo, Mr. Tomiyono, was killed by the earthquake. Therefore, we decided to give 400,000 yen to Mrs. Tomiyono, and the rest, 800,000 yen to Padang dojo for their rehabilitation efforts.

The donation was presented at the Aikido seminar held at the capital of Indonesia, Jakarta, on November 29, 2009. Before the seminar started, we held the ceremony. More than 300 people were there and, when I announced that this donation came not only from Japan, but from all over the world, the gymnasium was filled with a storm of applause. Then, I handed the donation to the widow, Mrs. Nel Tomiyono, and the current representative of Padang dojo, Mr. Mayzalyan.

Mrs. Tomiyono said, "Thank you for everything, sensei. Please send my regards to everyone." Mr. Mayzalyan strongly said, "I will cherish the will of Mr. Tomiyono and make best efforts for the future." I, then, as a return, received a commemorative shield from Mr. Muri of Takiotoshi Nagare Budokan which Padang dojo belongs to.

We put up the information about the ceremony on our web site. Please check out.

On this opportunity, we would like to start deepening the relationship with Indonesia. We have a plan to visit Indonesia as a group in 2011. We hope that we will be able to establish cordial relationship among members by having aikido practices together. You are welcomed to participate.

Again, thank you very much for your generous support.

Hiroaki Kobayashi
Aikido Kobayashi Dojo

Friday, November 6, 2009: The donation drive was a great success, owing to the generosity of folks in the US, Norway, Singapore, Germany, Russia, and beyond! We managed to raise $1,855 total and was able to send out 165,000 yen (about $1,824 after PayPal fees, etc) to the Kobayashi Aikido Dojo in Japan to send over to the devastated Padang, Sumatra dojo in Indonesia.

I received a wonderful e-mail from Hiroaiki Kobayashi sensei with his appreciations for everyone's donations. He will be heading over to Indonesia later this month with the collections.

Special thanks go out to Ms Hiroko Tojo who facilitated the transfer to Kobayashi dojo's bank account.

Thank you, everyone, for your support for this donation drive!

(Note: The donation drive is now over!)

The Aikido Kobayashi Dojo, of which the Padang dojo is a member, is collecting donations to send to the Padang dojo (as written here in their Japanese language blog (translation courtesty of Google Translate here).

AikiWeb wishes to assist in this donation effort by collecting donations to send to the Kobayashi Dojo. Donations will be collected through October 31st, 2009 to ensure that the collected amount may be sent to Japan in time for their November 15th deadline for collecting donations. Donors will be listed below.

Please help out if you can. Every little bit helps. Thank you.

-- Jun

(Please note that donations made through AikiWeb will be charged PayPal merchant fees (2.9% + $0.30 USD per donation) which will need to be subtracted from our collected donation. Please let me know if you wish for your donation to be anonymous).


  • 2009/10/15: $100 donated, AikiWeb
  • 2009/10/15: $20 donated, C. Constantine
  • 2009/10/15: $50 donated, A. Giri
  • 2009/10/15: $20 donated, L. Eskin
  • 2009/10/16: $20 donated, G. Ledyard
  • 2009/10/18: $50 donated, S. Seymour
  • 2009/10/19: $20 donated, G. Yudien
  • 2009/10/21: $20 donated, C. Li
  • 2009/10/22: $100 donated, AikiWeb
  • 2009/10/22: $20 donated, M. Crowell
  • 2009/10/22: $20 donated, J. Chappie
  • 2009/10/23: $50 donated, S. Austerlic
  • 2009/10/23: $20 donated, A. Freidin
  • 2009/10/26: $50 donated, D. Herbreteau
  • 2009/10/26: $200 donated, Mumei Shudan
  • 2009/10/26: $20 donated, K. Derbyshire
  • 2009/10/27: $300 donated, Aikido Federation Singapore
  • 2009/10/27: $20 donated, E. Fenrich
  • 2009/10/28: $50 donated, Anonymous
  • 2009/10/29: $10 donated, V. Vovk
  • 2009/10/29: $5 donated, S. Ekzarhov
  • 2009/10/29: $60 donated, V. Moiseenko
  • 2009/10/29: $20 donated, C. Cornmesser
  • 2009/10/29: $50 donated, S. Bjerke
  • 2009/10/29: $50 donated, J. Lusk
  • 2009/10/29: $50 donated, P. Fischer
  • 2009/10/30: $100 donated, Mumei Shudan
  • 2009/10/30: $100 donated, R. Garza
  • 2009/10/30: $20 donated, W. Renee
  • 2009/10/31: $20 donated, H. Reynolds
  • 2009/10/31: $100 donated, J. Gomberg
  • 2009/10/31: $50 donated, A. Goldsmith
  • 2009/10/31: $20 donated, P. Carreno
  • 2009/10/31: $50 donated, S. Kanai
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