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Dauda wants Lalong’s support to develop Aikido martial art

By Isa Abdulsalami Ahovi, Jos
16 December 2019   |   3:44 am
Founder, Gyaku Ryu Karate Association and Federation of Aikido Association of Nigeria (FAAN), Shihan Idris Hussain Dauda, has appealed to the Plateau State Government...

Founder, Gyaku Ryu Karate Association and Federation of Aikido Association of Nigeria (FAAN), Shihan Idris Hussain Dauda, has appealed to the Plateau State Government to come to support them financially and also give them enough facilities to sponsor Aikido, which, he said, would lead the state to the Promised Land in the history of Aikido Martial Art.

Dauda, who spoke to The Guardian in Jos yesterday, explained Aikido as a Japanese system of fighting with swords, which was founded by Japanese Samurai.

He added that the Aikido adherents lived in caves in Japan and never came to the city, adding, during wars in those days, they had trained themselves and their wives.

“If their Samurai men went to wars, their women would remain at home trying to defend their communities with the system of the Aikido martial art.

“As time went on, from generation to generation, they spread the system, but only a few people decided to embrace it because the techniques of Aikido are very complicated.

“So, the Aikido masters decided to train only the elderly people and not the young generation because the power of the elderly people was waning and going down because of age. Therefore, they decided to train the elderly people to know how to protect their interest and other places of concern,” he stressed.

Dauda said the first Aikido coach to come to Nigeria “came straight to Jos, Plateau State capital in 1982.”        

Dauda revealed, “In the whole of Nigeria, it is only in Plateau State that Aikido is being practised under the leadership of Coach Salisu Tanko.”