The Cercle d'Étude et de Recherche sur l'Aikibudo (CERA) was created in 1974 by Alain Floquet to preserve the original nature of Aikido Yoseikan, and to unite all those acknowledging the art taught by Master Floquet Floquet.
In its efforts to preserve the Aikibudo entity, CERA both represents a liaison group between students and teachers in charge of Aikibudo, Katori Shinto Ryu and Daito Ryu classes, and an international structure aimed at maintaining and increasing the number of persons around the world who share a passion for Aikibudo.
Its goals: to preserve Aikibudo; to facilitate its international development; to promote Aikibudo, Katori Shinto Ryu and Daito Ryu; to develop relationships between new students and veteran practioners of the art; to maintain and spread the tradition; to improve the original heritage.
CERA is the guardian of the art and its spirit. It embodies the technical and administrative authority of the school, and also serves as a study and evolution centre. CERA is basically a traditional school (ryu) and, as such, maintains the quality and reputation of the group.
Finally, let us stress the great importance of human relations bound by the founder, the love of the arts he teaches, and friendship.
The tsuba symbolizing the CERA represents a stylized crane with spread wings. Both in its natural habitat and as a subject of literature or design, the crane was associated with the pine, bamboo, and tortoise, and prized for its auspicious connotations, symbolizing a thousand years of life. According to Chinese and Japanese legend, hermit-sages rode on cranes. Although an elegant and elaborate design originally associated with the court, the crane, like the butterfly, proved popular as a family crest among the warrior class.
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