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All the information for members of the Dojo am Gleisdreieck. // Actual events // Aikido and Kenjutsu seminars // latest schedule changes // dojo parties and gatherings. // newest promotions // Corona news.

Update Christmas party

Spielplatz Krumme Lanke

Dear Dojo members,

due to the current situation, we decided to have a dojo winter walk on the Krumme Lanke instead of the indoor party. Unfortunately, the time to organize a paper chase like last year is a bit too short. So we will just have a walk through the forest together, relax, and hopefully have a good time.

In the end, there will be Ulli’s famous mulled wine in alcoholic and non-alcoholic versions and a few snacks to strengthen yourself, just like last year. Perhaps bring a thermos with you with tea or coffee.

The meeting point is the forest playground on Fischerhüttenstrasse on Saturday at 1 p.m. It can be easily reached on foot from the Krumme Lanke underground station. Go past the snack truck until you see the large parking lot on the left and turn right into the forest!

From here we go with small detours to the other end of the Krumme Lanke, the mulled wine is then available at the large swimming area. Who knows, maybe someone will jump into the water after all, in good tradition.

Since we meet outside there is of course no restriction to 2G.

We look forward to seeing you

Warm greetings
Ulli and Max

Christmasparty and winter seminar

Dear Dojo members,

As everyone has noticed, we have been obliged to offer our Aikido practice under 2G conditions since November 15th.
Even if the percentage of vaccinated people in the dojo is over 90%, it hurts us very much that some of us are now excluded from training.

We don’t know jet whether and under what conditions the winter seminar can take place or not. But we are very positiv that it will happen. Please register for the course via our booking system. We also want to carry out the Dan and Kyu exams as planned.

This year’s Christmas party takes place in the dojo.

On Saturday, December 11th Let’s start with a joint training session at 11:00 a.m., after that we want to spend a cozy afternoon in the dojo until about 5:00 p.m., Max and I provide food and drink with catering, mainly vegan to vegetarian. If someone would like to add something to it with dessert or cake, that is very welcome

Please register for the Christmas party by December 4th. via Yolawo so that we know how much food we need to order.
Even if you cannot or do not want to take part in the training, you can of course come to the relaxed part.

You can register for the training as usual via the link in the training schedule.

Lovely wishes
by Ulli and Max

more Aikido news for September

Dear Dojo members and newcomers

From September we will return to the full range of training courses, although it is still necessary for you to register using our booking system. Only when we are allowed to and want to train with an unlimited number again will we stop.

So far we have got through the summer very well, all classes are well attended and we are also happy to welcome some new members.

Click here for the new schedule starting in September.

There are also a few dates in September that we would like to recommend to you:

September 4th – AiFD Dan exams in our dojo.

You can still register for training before the exams. – Yolawo booking system

After the exams, we also hand over the Dan certificates to everyone who took their exams in October 2020. Afterward, from 5:30 p.m. we meet in the park at the Gleisdreieck on the wooden stairs for a drink and a snack (please bring your own). Please note! The meeting point was moved from the Tiergarten to Gleisdreieck Park because of the weekend demos.

Max and Werner want to douse their 6th and 5th Dan graduation with us and give out one!
All dojo members are cordially invited to join in, even if you weren’t there before in the dojo.

September 25th – Aikido course in the dojo with Max and Ulli

The focus is on the 5th – 3rd Kyu techniques. Afterward, there is the possibility to take Kyu exams. Of course, we also need online registration for this. – Yolawo booking system

We are pleased that you are so diligent in training.

Warm greetings
Ulli and Max

summertime news

Hello Dojo members

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!

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