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

Actual information about events, seminars and schedule changes, as well as special announcements for dojo members.

summertime

Like last summer, we can breathe a sigh of relief and, above all, enjoy the training together in the dojo 😌

In addition, many are vaccinated and we can test ourselves before training, which is also currently mandatory. Even if the incidence is fortunately very low, please keep to the obligation to test.

This means that our situation is much easier than last summer. Everyone can feel safe, although the need for security is very different and there will never be 100% security – life is risky and can be taken from us at any time. Budo is the practice of accepting this.

Some are still unsure about returning to the dojo, I know that and feel it in the contact with many of my fellow human beings. But I am convinced that the community in Aikido can be helpful to regain trust and a little equanimity.

We very much hope that most of you will come back to the dojo, even if the first step will take some effort. The atmosphere is very good, the cooperation is trusting and open.

Don’t wait too long to get started again, otherwise the taste of Aikido might be lost at some point. Now is exactly the time to get a taste for it again!

Lovely wishes
Ulli and Max

ps: There is a slightly reduced timetable from mid-July to early August.

Good news in May

Finally. – The time has come!

After Pentecost, we will train again in the park, as we did last year in the zoo at the Global Stone Project.

In the week after Pentecost, we start training on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at 6:30 p.m. Please bring a Jo for Wednesday and Friday and a Bokken for Thursday. If you don’t have any “weapons” and want to participate, let us know.

The number of participants is limited to 10 people and all those who have not yet been fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID must do a rapid test, according to the current regulation. We will not review the tests, if there is a check everyone is responsible for themselves.

Please register using our well-known booking system, you can also find the link in the training plan. The procedure is the same as last year: if you have booked but cannot come, please cancel your participation by noon on the same day so that someone can move up.

The training days outside may change in the following weeks, so please keep yourself up to date. Any changes will be posted on the website.

On Monday and Thursday evenings there is still online training as long as there is still demand.

We look forward to being in direct contact with you again and not just on screen! Hopefully, we will soon be able to train again in the dojo, even if only tested, vaccinated, or recovered for the time being. 😏😊

Max is now 10 days in Italy for the first time and then well-rested and freshly motivated for the new season!

best regards
Ulli and Max

nothing new in April!

Who would have thought that!

After more than one year we are still not back in the dojo for training together.

Accept from the wonderful interlude last summer, we had to remain with online training and individual weapons or fitness training.

However, the park season will start again soon and as soon as possible, we will offer outdoor practice for staff and swords in the evening, and Aikido solo exercises in the Tiergarten. (Global Stone Project).

For practice in the dojo, the first step could probably be that we have classes in small groups with a daily quick test. That would be a good first step and better than no class at all!

We also would like to thank everyone again who tirelessly continued to pay their contributions!
Without you, there would be no dojo after the Corona period!

We hope that we will only have to hold out for a short time until we can train together again. By together, of course, we mean that you all come back to Aikido after the long abstinence!
This is our greatest wish for the restart!

Please keep yourself up to date for the practice on our website, we will hopefully make adjustments and changes more often in the near future.

Stay healthy and in good spirits
See you soon!

Max and Ulli

more online classes in February and some great news

The lockdown will continue for while. 😒

That is why we are prepared for more online practice from head to toe.
After 2 weeks we already have a small, fine group of participants, but we can happily add even more.

Mon, Wed, Fri there is Aikido online at 6 p.m.
Tue and Thu there is sword practice, with a focus on Suburi on Tuesday and on Thursday on Kenjutsu Kata practice.

You only have to register once, the link for the meeting stays the same so that you can also join spontaneously.

Max is also still practicing in the park (except when it rains) on Mon, Wed, and Fri and splits the air with a stick or sword. A few intrepid Dojo members have made this a habit too. 😉

It is not so easy to maintain the Budospirit under the current conditions, and it takes more initiative and effort to stay on the WAY.

But you don’t just stop being an Aikidoka because you’re not allowed to practice on the mat. Everyone finds his or her own way, and that’s alright.

For those of you who haven’t noticed yet – there is also some exciting news to report!

At this year’s Kagami Biraki ceremony in the Hombu Dojo, many high Dan grades were confirmed and announced, including two from our dojo.

Werner Gräf received the 5th Dan
Max Eriksson got the 6th Dan

I am very happy for both of them, who are indispensable for our dojo.
Max as a dojo leader by my side and Werner as a committed teacher and training partner.
Incidentally, Werner has been in my dojo for 30 years straight, without any interruption, and Max for 20 years!

When I look back on such a long time, I know that we will definitely survive a crisis like the current one, with very tough restrictions at times!

I am confident that there will be a wonderful new beginning – with the support of all of you. 🙏😊

Stay healthy and confident

best regards
Ulli and Max

November Greetings.

Dear Dojo members,

hopefully all of you are well and do not suffer so much from the current restrictions!

Together with you we want to bring the dojo as a place and as a community through this second lockdown time and we know that it could be more difficult than in March, when spring was just around the corner and the prospect of training in the fresh air!

We want to stay in contact with you and keep you up to date about activities of ours and friends of ours aikido teachers that you can participate in.

Max will announce and link information about this on our homepage.

We would also like to inform you about the results of the general meeting of the Aikido Federation and what new perspectives this opens up for our dojo.

Last Sunday it was decided that Dan exams up to 4th Dan can be held in all dojos of the Federation.

The prerequisite for this is that a member of the grading committee takes over the chairmanship and holds the exams together with the teacher of the inviting dojo.

For our dojo this means that we will organize Dan exams as soon as the Corona restrictions allow and we can practice again with contact and in groups.

Max was elected first chairman and Werner Gräf was appointed to the examination committee.

Christiane Gräf has given up her position as treasurer, but remains with the association with her commitment to child and youth work and of course to other matters and issues.

I myself remain a member of the NTK and the grading committee.

It may not seem like the right time to sign up for the Aikido Federation, but it would also be a great sign to promote the spread and continuation of Aikido beyond your own dojo with your membership in the federation (30 € annual fee).

The federation is doing a good job of spreading Aikido and the more people get involved, the better!

We won’t discouraged and will find new and creative ways to stay in touch with each other and together we look forward to better times!

ONEGAI SHIMASU🙏🤗
Max and Ulli

Meditation is possible also in November

Meditation may continue to take place under the current restrictions, the group size depends on the size of the room.

The midday meditation offer will be resumed with a maximum of 8 participants. The meditation is instructed so that even completely inexperienced people can participate.

Please check our booking system for the dates and of course also to register.

november blues.

As if November wasn’t already one of the darkest, most depressing months of the year, now this too:

We have to close the dojo for the next 30 days!

As soon as we have more, more hopeful information, you will find it here, in the same place – so visit our website more often!

Right now, we are trying to find out whether the new regulation allows you to train alone or in pairs, without contact in the dojo. There is once again room for interpretation within the ordinance. 😏

For your individual training at home, we recommend our short videos with solo aikido, stick and sword katas.

best regards
Ulli and Max

full schedule as of october

In October the Dojo will be on regular schedule again, so to speak.

We are very happy that we have so many new members, in Aikido and Kenjutsu as well, who regularly come to classes.

A characteristic of Budo practice is the fact that everything is constantly changing and contact with new training partners, especially with beginners, is essential!

  • On Wednesdays and Fridays we have two classes in the evening again.
  • Additionally a Aikido lunch class on Thursdays and Za Zen before.

The university class will also be back on November 6th. It mixes with the basic training at 7.30 p.m. on Friday and is also open to you.
Experience has shown that never all of the students are there and after 2 weeks attendance decreases to half. Since students also have to register via our booking system, please wait until Thursday with your booking, as they have priority for this course.
Please do not register for the first course on October 6th.

Everyone has got used to the booking system by now and that will probably stay with us for a while. Of course we hope for a time afterwards where everyone can simply come back to class and practice without any contact restrictions.

Let’s get through the winter together mindful, healthy and in a positive mood, and not let the general mood frighten us.

regards
Ulli and Max

new classes and dojo picnic

Dear Dojo members,

Since the training hours in the dojo fill up slowly, there will be training again on Wednesday evening at 7:30 p.m. from September.

At the moment the Aikido lessons on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday are particularly popular and quickly sold out. We recommend that everyone who can only attend one of these dates register in good time.

All other lessons have never been fully booked, so the more flexible ones always have enough alternative dates.

We continue to practice in small groups with a maximum of 4 people and with the windows wide open.

Everyone should feel as safe as possible.

The training sessions in the park with stick and sword take place as long as the weather permits and at least three people register.

On 12./13. September Max is doing a Kashima course in the dojo, so you cannot meet to prepare for the exam.

After the course on Sunday, September 13th from 1.30 p.m., we will meet in the park for a picnic in hopefully fine late summer weather.

Meeting point: sundeck in Westpark

best regards
Max and Ulli

Aikido with contact.

Dear Dojo members,

The time has come – We can train again with contact, the corresponding regulation will come into effect on July 21. , until then it will be tolerated.

But that doesn’t mean that we’re going back to the regular timetable just now.
Our dojo community is far too diverse for that.

  • Some have not been training since Corona, we hope only temporarily.
  • So far, some have only wanted to train outdoors and avoid the dojo, which is more windy than outside with cross ventilation.
  • Some may not want to train with contact in the dojo yet.
  • Some would have preferred to train in the dojo and with contact all the time (which of course we did not do).

We must consider all of this in the future.

When we come back from our vacation, from August 10th, we will offer more classes inside the dojo, with and without contact.

The classes in the park will be gradually reduced so that everyone can slowly get used to practice in the dojo again. The booking system will remain for the time being, because we still need participant lists.

Please keep up to date by checking our homepage more often – some changes can only be displayed at short notice.

A dojo is also a community, not like the family or the closest circle of friends, but still a community of people who trust each other and who like to be in contact.

We don’t want to jeopardize this, so we would like to keep the following in mind:

  • Does not come into training with the slightest signs of discomfort or elevated temperature.
  • If someone in your area has tested positive, please do not come to the dojo until you are sure that you have not caught the infection.
  • Follow the hygiene rules inside the dojo.
  • See the dojo community as an extended family that you can trust and that you want to protect at the same time.

We look forward to taking the next step with you!

Please come back for training (back)

All the best
Ulli and Max

ps: Please remember that the dojo is closed from July 18th to August 2nd.