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 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.

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.