Aikido Federation of South Africa

Giuseppe Soffietti AFSA Chairman

Il Maestro Franco Martufi é, da qualche anno, Technical Advisor dell’Aikido giuseppe _SFederation of South Africa (AFSA), unica Federazione in Africa ad essere riconosciuta ufficialmente sia dall’Hombu Dojo che dall’International Aikido Federation.

Il Maestro Franco fu introdotto in Sud Africa dal Maestro Giorgio Veneri giá dal 1996, quando condusse il suo primo Seminario Invernale a Port Elizabeth. Con la scomparsa del Maestro Veneri, Franco Martufi prese la direzione tecnica dell’AFSA e, fino a tutt’oggi, conduce due Seminari Nazionali annuali, oltre ad essere coinvolto con tutte le decisioni prese dalla Commissione Tecnica.

 L’AFSA é molto riconoscente al Maestro Martufi per tutti gli anni dedicati alla crescita dell’Aikido in Sud Africa. Anni non sempre facili ma certamente molto interessanti. Sotto la sua direzione l’AFSA puó essere orgogliosa di aver visto una crescita non solo nei numeri dei membri attivi ma, piú importante, un netto rialzo della qualitá e del impegno preso da tutti gli Aikidoka sudafricani.

 In occasione del Quarantesimo Anniversario del tuo impegno nell’Aikido, a nome dell’AFSA e di tutti I tuoi amici e allievi in Sud Africa, desidero porgerti  I nostri piú sentiti auguri. Un’altro quarantennio dovresti riuscire a mettercelo!.

 Con grande affetto, stima e ammirazione,

Giuseppe G.U. Soffietti



It has now been a few years since Sensei Franco Martufi was elected Technical Advisor to the Aikido Federation of South Africa (AFSA), the only organization in Africa to be officially recognised by both Hombu Dojo and the International Aikido Federation.

Sensei Franco was introduced to South Africa by Sensei Giorgio Veneri in 1996, on the occasion of his first Winter School held then in Port Elizabeth. With the passing of Sensei Veneri, Sensei Franco took over the technical direction of the AFSA, and now he heads two annual National Stages, he is responsible for all Dan gradings,  as well as being involved in all the decisions taken by the Technical Committee.

The AFSA is extremely tankful to Sensei Franco for the years dedicated to the growth of Aikido in South Africa. Not always easy times, but certainly most interesting. Under his direction the AFSA is proud to have witnessed growth not only in its active membership, but, most importantly, in the considerable gain in quality of Aikido and involvement by all South African Aikidoka.

On the occasion of your 40th Anniversary in Aikido, on behalf of the Aikido Federation of South Africa, of your students and your friends, I wish to offer you our most heartfelt congratulations. You should be able to manage another 40!

With great admiration and affection,

Giuseppe G.U. Soffietti






Franco Martufi Sensei                                                                         de Beer

I have been a close colleague of Franco Martufi Sensei since our first meeting in 1996.

Martufi sensei is an experienced instructor.  He has been practising Aikido since 1976 and as travelled the world, giving Aikido classes and workshops, since 1993.

He has served as AFSA’s Jokyushidoin under the technical directorship of Giorgio Veneri Shihan between 1997 and 2011.  In 2006 he spent 6 months in South Africa, based in Port Elizabeth, to promote Aikido around the country.

He is currently the Technical Advisor of the Aikido Federation of South Africa (AFSA).

I would like to thank and congratulate him on his 40th anniversary in Aikido and give him recognition for the important work he is doing in South Africa.

 Paul de Beer (6th Dan)

Pretoria, South Africa

AFSA Jokyushidoin and Sekininsha


Dear Martufi Sensei,


Everyone at Cape Town Aikido sends their very best wishes for your Celebration Seminar tomorrow and next weekend.SONY DSC

I cannot remember certainly, but I have a recollection of a class you taught in the dojo in Bree Street. It might have been 1996. So I have learnt from you for almost 20 years!

Looking forward to many more years of learning,

Craig Mason-Jones


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