ulrike serak, 6. dan aikikai tokyo    max eriksson ohlwein, 5. dan aikikai tokyo

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

new simplified regulations

Dear Dojo members,

another step forward, the restrictions of training in the dojo are no longer as strict as before.
The changing rooms and showers may be used again, of course not crowded.

This means that from now on we want to train again with our usual training clothes, i.e.Gi and Hakama. This is another step towards normalcy.

The minimum distance is now set to 1.50m indoors, so we can be back on the mat with 10-12 people. Outside of the mat, especially in the entrance area and in the changing rooms, one must wear a mask, but of course not during class.

For the Aikido training we increase the number of participants to 10 people and for the Kenjutsu lessons to 12 people. There will be still enough room to move and the minimum clearances can be maintained.

For the last 2-week until summer break from July 18 to August 1 and the first week after, the schedule remains as it is now.
After that, we may make small changes depending on the situation. We want to shift the practice more and more to the dojo, but at least until the end of September we will also provide outdoor classes, if the weather permits.

We are not discouraged and continue to train with heart and mind and the necessary distance! Come along, the mood is good!

best regards
Ulli and Max

From 8th of June we offer classes inside the Dojo again.

Dear Dojo members,

We will start to practice in the dojo again from June 8th. This is at least a little ray of hope because it means that we can practice many elements of Aikido again, e.g. rolling, falling, Shikko, and also Aikido partner exercises with the Jo, which are possible with a safe distance.

Even if training in the dojo is possible again, we will continue to meet in the park for training as long as you feel like it and sign up for the corresponding courses. We’re happy to offer outdoor training all summer long – it’s starting to be fun!

Now that we are able to offer more classes, everyone can take part in practice again and we hope you look forward to it too! Registration via our booking system (directly via the timetable) is still required, as the group size must not be exceeded, which means that we also have a list of participants for each course.

There are many things to consider when training in the dojo:

  • The changing rooms may only be used to a limited extent and showers may not be used at all, so you can come to the training area already changed, normal sports clothes are ok, Keiko Gi and Hakama are not necessary.
  • The training will take place with the windows open to avoid an accumulation of aerosols – if you are sensitive to drafts, please bring a bandana.
  • There is a 30-minute break between the training sessions so that many people can avoid the encounter.
  • There are marked exercise areas in the exercise room that guarantee the required minimum distance.

You have got used to the restrictions. We will all behave responsibly and show that we keep the spirit of Aikido alive with physical distance but without human distance.

A sense of community is also possible with a little distance.

See you soon
many Greetings
Ulli and Max

As of 15th of May we are allowed to have practice in groups outside.

After nine weeks of lock down and no practice, we are happy that we are now allowed to meet outside for contact free Jo, Ken and Aiki sessions.

On the schedule you will find the actual classes. If you click on the time you will get forwarded to the booking system (sorry, German only) and can make your reservation.

Unfortunately we have to limit the classes to 8 people, but it’s better than nothing.
Booking will be available one week before each class. Pleas only book one evening at the beginning, so more people get a chance of participating. 

Morning classes are less crowded, so there is a higher chance to get in.

We might have more classes during the coming weeks.

If you are new to the Dojo and not a member jet, please contact us before you book a time slot.

morning classes

evening classes

kids classes


Report from the dojo on March 28

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Greetings from the Dojo by Ulli.

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Report from the dojo on March 20

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we are completely closed by order of the authorities due to Corona pandemic until 19th of April.

The Senate Ordinance was supplemented on Tuesday, March 17. Thereafter, the public traffic in educational institutions, sports clubs etc. is prohibited.

The dojo is now completely closed and there is no meditation.

As long as there is no general curfew, Ulli and I will of course still be in the dojo regularly, practice for ourselves, make sure that everything is in order and repair one or the other.

We will endeavor to keep in touch with you and to report from the dojo every now and then.

Suspending Aikido practice until 19th of April

According to the Senate Ordinance, we will suspend Aikido classes until April the 19th.

Instead we offer the possibility to meet each evening for meditation in the dojo. We will make sure that the recommended minimum distance is maintained at all times. For those who want to take advantage of this offer, the now known hygiene requirements apply.

Every evening there will be a list of participants in which you must sign in with your name and address.

In the near future, the dojo will be a space for quiet encounters and mindful gathering.

Please check the website daily for the latest information as the situation can change from day to day.

Anyone who travels unabated in their everyday life and does not want or cannot limit their social contacts, should stop coming to the dojo for the next few weeks.

How to proceed in the Dojo under current circumstances.

Dear Dojo members,

Corona ante Portas – how do we continue?

Now it is the time when we have to consider whether and how we can continue our program in the dojo.

As the dojo leader, we initially decided on the following procedure:

The children’s classes will be canceled from next week, initially until the end of the Easter vacation.

For the other trainings in the morning and evening:

Please only come into training if, based on the current state of knowledge, you are sure not to expose yourself and others to the risk of infection. There can be no 100% security, but in the dojo we do not want to help speed up the transmission of the virus out of carelessness on the part of some of our members or even the trainers.

For those who want to continue training, the highest hygiene requirements apply now, which includes thorough hand washing before and after each training session and the requirement to wear a freshly washed Keiko Gi in every training session.

As we all know today, we cannot avert the spread of the virus, but we can do a lot to slow it down, and that’s a win.

So once again: everyone who wants to continue training will do so at their own risk.

And we ask all those who travel unabated in their everyday life and who do not want or cannot limit their social contacts to suspend training in the dojo for a while.

If someone no longer wants to hold their classes or does not want to train, we have full understanding.

From next week and until further notice, we may only offer daily stick and sword classes to avoid direct physical contact.

Please check our homepage daily, as the situation can change from day to day.

We hope for your cooperation and understanding and ask you to be mindful in everyday life and in social interaction.

Until further notice and stays healthy.

Best wishes
Max and Ulli

Two weeks later, on February 22nd and 23rd, Ulli and Max are teaching a seminar, focusing on techniques of the 5th to 1st Kyu program. Afterwards, Kyu exams can be taken on Sunday.
Guests are of course welcome.

The regular Saturday morning classes is canceled on these two weekends.