Andres Bonifacio College

College Park, Dipolog City, Philippines 7100

by Alumni and Public Affairs Office on 08 23rd, 2010


Aikido Master Macapawa, 5th Dan to visit ABCollege

Miss Maria Lourdes A. Macapawa, a 5th degree Aikido Master, Ateneo de Davao University Martial Arts instructor, and the current president of the Filipino Federation of Aikido (FFA) will visit the Andres Bonifacio College on August 27-29, 2010. She will be holding lectures and Aikido sessions to be attended by students, faculty, and employees of the College.

Marielle Sensei demonstrates the "shihonage" technique or the four-direction throw during a workshop

Being the only woman and the only Filipino to hold the highest distinction in Aikido in the Philippines, Ms. Macapawa holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Business Administration Major in Accounting and in Physical Education from the Lyceum of the Philippines and from Marcos Sports Academy, respectively. She has been the president of the FFA from 1998 up to the present.

Aikido, which means “the Way of Unifying with Life Energy” or as “the Way of Harmonious Spirit” has been gaining a huge following for its highly philosophical, nonviolent and non-resistive ways. Being a true master of the art, Marielle Sensei, as she is fondly called by her students, has trained in Thailand, Taiwan, Hongkong, and in Japan, the Aikido headquarters of the world. She has been an Aikido instructor and practitioner since 1983. She was also instrumental in the establishment of some of the most prestigious dojos (practice halls) in the country and has trained several aikidokas (students of aikido) who became masters of the art and respected Aikido instructors themselves.

On August 27, upon Ms. Macapawa’s arrival, she will pay a courtesy call at the Dipolog City Mayor’s Office and at the Office of the Chief of Police of the Dipolog PNP. Later in the evening, a special Aikido session with non-academic and academic staff of ABCollege is slated. A seminar on Best Practices of Ateneo de Davao in Terms of Student Discipline: Harmonizing Organizational Vision with Individual Motivation at the GODECOST which will be participated by the deans and heads of the different departments of the college and students from the Graduate School will be conducted by Ms. Macapawa on August 28. An afternoon session with the students from the School of Criminology is also intended in honing their defence tactics. Several sessions with the renowned martial artist are also prepared on the last day of her visit, August 29.

Being a prominent and a well-rounded martial artist as she is also proficient in Judo (1st Dan) and in the Korean martial art Hwa Rang Do, Ms. Macapawa has been in the limelight as she has appeared in several television shows and has published numerous important articles in national tabloids and magazines. She was also invited many times to give lectures on Aikido here and abroad.

The College, through Mr. Vincent Barbaso and Mr. Leo Naparota, is at the moment vying for an Aikido accreditation from Aikikai Hombu, Shinjuku, Japan through Kanagara Dojo which is an affiliate of the FFA, the accredited body in the Philippines.  Aikikai Hombu is the official trainor of the Japanese police force and in other foreign countries. Mr. Barbaso, a staff of the Human Resource Management Office and Mr. Naparota, dean of the School of Criminology are both Aikido practitioners and are concurrent Aikido point persons of the College.

An accreditation from the aforementioned prestigious Aikido academy will be a great development for ABCollege as it will be a first in the region to be officially affiliated with a world-class dojo. Presently, no school-based Aikido dojo in the Zambanga Peninsula has been accredited in any martial arts program.

Founded in 1925 by Japanese martial artist Morihei Ueshiba, Aikido uses a system of holds, throws, and locks as its principal movements. Centered on self-defence, Aikido promotes respect, self-discipline, focus, coordination, confidence, and conflict-resolution through a calm, centered, balanced and non-aggressive way. It also stresses the importance of attaining harmony between ki (energy) and tai (the body). The original goal of the art was to let practitioners defend themselves while also protecting their attacker from injury. This is achieved by blending with the motion of the attacker and redirecting the force of the attack rather than opposing it head-on which in turn requires very little physical strength.

The emergence of a more combative form of Aikido in the 1990’s which was often depicted in movies of some famous martial artists  even more popularized the art. “Aikido is one instrument of promoting spiritual development. With its nature, it is the belief of its practitioners that it will be one way to end police brutality in arresting suspected criminals,” Dean Naporata commented. He added that the event could also pave the way for the extension program of the School of Criminology, reach out to the different barangays of the city and help them in maintaining peace and order by training barangay tanods to be more calm and proficient in delivering their community policing through Aikido.

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