More than just sports
V.A.S. Arashi was founded on 23rd of September 1964. At the time, the University of Twente was called Technische Hogeschool Twente (THT). All students were requested to come to the sports hall. The chief of Sport asked those who practiced football to raise their hand and they became the football association. Similarly, Arashi came into existence. First it was a Judo and Jiu-Jitsu association. Later the other sports joined as well. Together they became the “Vereniging Aziatische Sporten Arashi” or translated to English Asian Sports Association Arashi. Of course the association couldn’t survive without a board, so the first chair was Henk Schoenmaker. Later succeeded by Chris Vissers.
At the time, the sport center existed out of only one room, the current wooden room. Every training the mats had to be placed and removed using flat trolleys. This way other sports could also make use of the room.
Chris Vissers also trained with them, and because the then trainer, mr. Schoonderwille, went away, he went to give training himself. At that time there were 33 members, a large number out of a total of 210 students. Later Mr. Bouter from Almelo giving training at Arashi. In September 1968 Martin Splint joined Arashi, and he has remained and has provided a lot of stability within the association.
The Dojo as we know it today is unprecedented luxury. The training location was initially in the wooden hall. After that, the location was at the then construction office on the Reelaan, where garages of employee housing are now located. This was a small narrow room and the mats were slanted against the heating, and it’s a miracle no people flew through the windows. However, they did go through the (rotten) floor. Then the construction shack was divided into two pieces and Arashi got one part of it. This shack stood where there are now parking spaces opposite the old staff pavilion. On the Horstlindelaan. In this shack the roof was rather low, but at least there was enough space in the other two dimensions. This same shack was adapted to our own insights and placed next to the road to the outdoor pool. The last move was to the Dojo as we know it today.