The Buikukan-Provence school was founded in Aix-en-Provence by Jean Francois Riondet Sensei with the consent of Hirokazu Kobayashi Shihan, disciple of Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of Aikido. Riondet’s school was established as an associate member of Kobayashi’s school based in Osaka, Japan (known as Osaka Buikukai).

The Buikukan-Provence school is made of 7 dojos: five Dojos in the south of France (Aix en Provence, La Ciotat, Gardanne and two in Marseille), a dojo in Quebec in Canada and the Yamato Dojo in Hamrun, Malta.

Buikukan-Provence is a traditional Aikido school enriched with deep human values, Japanese culture and a great sense of belonging and caring – values that are fundamentally important for personal growth and harmony in society.

Jean Francois Riondet Shihan is based in Gardanne, France and today he is the headmaster of his school, Buikukan-Provence. Riondet sensei directs an annual European seminar in France attended by students from around Europe. He is regularly invited to several European countries including Italy, Switzerland, Poland and Germany to propagate this particular Aikido. He is highly respected amongst Kobayashi Shihan students for his clear explanations and powerful techniques.

Buikukan Aikido as demonstrated by Jean Francois Riondet Sensei is one of dynamic fluidity and complex techniques that look misleadingly simple, disarmingly natural and graceful in their execution. This is particularly impressive given Riondet’s stature and despite his size he is sometimes called the ‘Poet of Aikido’.