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          tENSHINKAI  AIKIDO  HISTORY
                  


          
1958 - Sensei Dang Thong Tri brought Aikido from France to introduce it to Vietnam.

           1960 - Sensei Mutsuro Nakazono came to Vietnam to help Sensei Dang Thong  Tri

                to train  a  carde of  instructors.

           1964 - Sensei Dang Thong Tri resettled in the United States, relinquishing the Vietnam 
                Aikido and Judo Association  to Sensei Dang Thong Phong.

          
1964 - Sensei Dang thong Phong traveled  to Hombu Dojo  in  Japan for additional
                training, obtaining his 3rd degree  black belt  in Aikido there.

           1968 -
O'Sensei Morihei Ueshiba  and Doshu Kisshomaru Ueshiba issued  credentials
                to Sensei Phong, officially sanctioning him to spread Aikido all over the  Vietnamese 
                territory in the Spirit of Love and Peace.

           1968 - Sensei Dang Thong Phong  founded  the Aikido  Tenshinkai  Federation, holding 
                the position of President  until today.

          1970 - Aikido was officially introduced to the school system and the Armed Forces  of 
                South Vietnam.

          1975 - Before the fall of  South Vietnam in April 1975, Aikido members in Vietnam 
               numbered over 10,000.

          1986 - Sensei Dang thong Phong moved to the United States.

          1988 - Tenshinkai Aikido Federation was re-born under the name of  International 

              Tenshinkai Federation headquartered  in Westminster, Orange County, California, USA.

          1991 - Aikido World Headquarters recognized International Tenshinkai Aikido Federation 
               as an official organization  within  the Aikikai  system, sanctioned  to  operate  in  the
               United  States.

          1994 - Aikido Tenshinkai Association in Vietnam was  re-instated by Aikido World 
               Headquarters.

          1995 - Aikido Tenshinkai European branch was established.

          1997 - At the ceremony celebrating the 29th anniversary of the founding of  International 
               Tenshinkai Aikido Federation on February 20, 1997, in Westminster, California.
              
                   
Shihan  Masatake Fujita, on behalf of Doshu Kisshomaru Ueshiba, presented Sensei
               Dang Thong Phong with  the  Certificate of  6th degree Aikikai Black Belt.

                 International Tenshinkai Aikido Federation presently has branches in the United States, 
                 Vietnam, France and Canada.
                         
                                                              

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