Sensei Bio Gabriel is considered the father of Lebanese Aikido. And he remains the honorary president of the Lebanese Aikido Federation.
Sensei Bio learned Aikido at the Hombu Dojo in Tokyo from 1973 till 1978, while working in the shipping business. Between the years of 1978 and 1983, Sensei Bio taught Aikido at the Banzai Dojo in Beirut, with the help of Sensei Mohamad Darwish, a Judoka, and designated several black belt students. However, due to the war, he immigrated to the USA on September 9th, 1983. Due to the civil war, Sensei Bio immigrated to the USA on September 9th, 1983. And today, he resides in Long Island New York, where he owns his own shipping company and has established the Aikido of Nassau County Dojo, where he is still teaching as a senior instructor. However, he keeps his connection with Lebanese Aikido and every summer he travels to Lebanon to give seminars and special instructor classes at one or more of the Dojos Affiliated with the federation. We in Lebanon are very fortunate to have such a resourceful person in the art of Aikido.
Sensei Salim Kaї began his Aikido training in Michigan, USA in 1984, while still a student in Engineering Physics. His initial introduction to the art of Aikido was with Sensei Daniel Sharp and Steve Richter, and under the direct supervision of the late Walter E. Todd. He remained a student there until his return to Lebanon on December 9th, 1993. Upon his arrival to Lebanon he pursued his training and began teaching Aikido on January 19, 1995 to a small group of students at Notre Dame University. In the years to follow, between 1995 and 2000, Sensei Salim taught in about ten clubs throughout Lebanon till he finally settled in his own dojo, Harmony Club. During the summer of 1995, Sensei Salim crossed paths with Sensei Bio Gabriel, and thus became his student.
On June the 1st, 1998, the Lebanese Aikido Federation was founded under the presidency of Sensei Salim Kai.
Since then, the federation is recognized under decree number “569/M/1998” as the official representative of Aikido in Lebanon.
The Lebanese Aikido Federation has been working to promote and organize the art in Lebanon.