ulrike serak, 6. dan aikikai tokyo, shihan    max eriksson ohlwein, 6. dan aikikai tokyo

Aikido school Berlin Kreuzberg

The Aikido Dojo at Gleisdreieck was founded in 1998 by Ulrike Serak and over the years has developed into one of the most consistent dojos in Berlin. Max Eriksson Ohlwein has been the second teacher in the dojo since 2002.

Teaching principals

In practice, we aim for natural movements

We are confident that it is not enough to perfect the technical aspects alone. Therefore we emphasize from the beginning the connection of breathing and movement. After all, the mastery of Aikido techniques depends on whether the Ki can flow freely because the body is permeable and the movements are natural. That does not mean that we don’t value the technic in Aikido. However, the practice of technique or kata in Aikido is more comprehensive than in sport, where perfection is used to achieve better performance. In Aikido we practice Kata to grasp the inherent principles and above all to become one with the movements of the partner. If the technic is mature, one can solve any situation without hesitation

Always keep the beginner’s mind

From our own experience, we know that effort and pleasure in training are inseparable. Your own efforts are the mainstay of the Aikido training, only by this, the meaning of the exercise becomes clear. Therefore, it is necessary to keep this beginner’s spirit, out of effort and joy, also as an advanced practitioner. Without that, your own ideas and your own preferences will otherwise easily become the benchmark of the exercise. Without recognizing that they represent an obstacle in further development. We are always happy to see newcomers on the mat. They make the dojo more alive and boost our motivation to find new ways to teach Aikido!

International Aikido connections

The dojo is a member of the Aikido Federation Germany. The federation was founded in 2000 and Ulrike Serak, as a founding member, played a key role in building the association. She is currently a member of the Technical Committee. Max Eriksson has been a member of the board since 2012 and was elected 1st chairman in 2020.

Through the federation, all graduations that are acquired in our dojo are also recognized by the Aikikai Hombu Dojo in Tokyo.

Aikido Föderation Deutschland e.V.

Aikikai Foundation / Aikido World Headquarters