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

News // The new season has begun and we are back in business. // We are very happy to have you back on the mat. // Newcomers are always welcome. Either if you start from scratch or as an advanced practitioner. // Like Berlin, we are very international. So don't hesitate, even if you don't speak German yet.

AIKIDO – the slightly different martial art.

Sport & spirituality – dynamics & calm – stability & mobility – holding on & letting go – fighting without fighting – focus & aimlessness

The list goes on and is intended to show that it is not always just one or the other, but everything at once.

Aikido is an interesting journey in which we learn a lot about ourselves – and at the same time take with us all the positive, health-related effects of physical activity.

Aikido always means community – we learn from each other, support each other, and get involved in all encounters during training. Our dojo community is open and diverse in every respect.

We warmly invite you to a trial session, even if you are unsure whether Aikido is for you. We have deliberately limited the minimum membership period to three months. This is a reasonable period to become familiar with Aikido and get to know the dojo community.

Sign in now for a free trial session using the contact form.

We are also happy to answer your questions in advance. Just get in touch with us by email or by phone.

Sign up for your free trail session now.

Newcomers to Aikido are welcome to sign up for a free trial session in the basic classes on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, or Saturday. A trial session in Kenjutsu is possible on Thursday.

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Aikido practice for adults (from 16)

Aikido classes six days a week.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
8.00–09.00 am

Aikido all
M. Eriksson

8.00–9.00 am

Aikido all
M. Eriksson

9.00–10.00 am
Aikido all
W. Gräf
10.00–11.30 am

Aikido basic
Serak / Eriksson

11.30–13.00 am

Aikido all
Serak / Eriksson

6.00–7.30 pm

Aikido dynamic
M. Eriksson

6.00–7.30 pm

Aikido all
U. Serak

6.00–7.30 pm

Aikido basic
M. Eriksson

6.00–7.30 pm

FU-Berlin
U. Serak

6.00–7.30 pm

Aikido all
U. Serak

7.30–9.00 pm

Aikido basic
U. Serak

7.30–9.00 pm

Aikido all
U. Serak

7.30–9.00 pm

Aikido weapons
M. Eriksson

7.30–9.00 pm

Aikido basic

Aikido basics or Kihon practice

In this class, we focus on the fundamental aspects of Aikido. Besides basic techniques, we emphasize breathing, mobility exercises, and how to take falls. This practice is valuable for beginners and advanced alike.

The basic classes are best suited for beginners to have a first trial class.

Aikido all

This class is suited for all levels, beginners and advanced. In Aikido it is common to practice altogether and learn from each other. The teaching will be adapted to the respective group composition.

Experienced Aikidokas will helpfully support beginners. These classes are open to practitioners after at least three months of practice.

Aikido dynamic

In dynamic practice, we emphasize fluent movements. All Aikido techniques and applications will be taught flowing and dynamically. These classes are physically more demanding, and participants should be able to roll and take falls safely. The basic techniques should be known.

A minimum of one year of practice is required for participation. Please confirm with the teachers beforehand.

Aikido basics plus weapons

As in the fundamental classes, this is about the basic techniques. We teach the basic knowledge of how to use the typical weapons of Aikido, such as the Jo (stick), the Tanto (knife), and the Ken (sword). The practice weapons are made of wood and will be available at the dojo.

This course is aimed at both beginners and advanced users. By practicing with weapons, one gets a better insight into the principles of Aikido, and it helps to understand the heritage of the techniques.

Aikido class of the FU-Berlin

This course has been held in cooperation with FU Berlin since 2008. It is an intensive introduction to the complex movements and concepts of Aikido. After completing, it will be possible to take the 5th kyu exam.

Over the years, many students, who have participated, have decided to continue their practice in the dojo. Our members are encouraged to take part and to support the newcomers.

Kenjutsu classes for adults and adolescent (from age 16)

Kashima No Tachi Kenjutsu for beginners and advanced.

Absolute beginners are always welcome to have a trial class on Thursday.
Please get in touch with us via email beforehand, to make an appointment.

From 28.-31.03. the Dojo will have a short Easter break.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
6.00–7.30 pm

Kenjutsu
basic / Kihon
Max Eriksson

7.30–9.00 pm

Kenjutsu
Kata practice
Max Eriksson

Kenjutsu basics / Kihon practice

Basic training for beginners and advanced. The focus is on Suburi (individual exercises), and the first Kata series (Kihon Tachi). The aim is to gain confidence in the handling of the sword. When a basic understanding of handling the wooden sword is set, we move on to the more dynamic Kata of the other four series.

The basic class is very well suited for newcomers.

Please get in touch with us in advance by email, to make an appointment for your first class.

Kenjutsu Kata practice

The teaching system of the “Kashima no Tachi” school consists of five basic series with a total of 40 Katas. Additionally, there are also Katas for Battojutsu (sword drawing), Yari (speer), Naginata (halberd), and some more specialized sword Kata.

The kata practice is suitable for beginners and advanced practitioners, who have acquired the basics of handling the sword, and who have mastered the first kata series (Kihon Tachi).

Newcomers can only participate by prior arrangement. The basic/Kihon training is more suitable for a trial training session.

Kashima Kenjutsu

Japanese sword fighting in the tradition of the “Kashima no Tachi” school, according to the lineage of Minoru Inaba Sensei.

See our Kenjutsu page for more detailed information.

Aikido classes for kids, teens and youths (from age 5)

The kids and youths classes from ages 5 until 16 years

New kids are welcome. Please get in touch with us by email beforehand to make an appointment for a trial class.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
4.30–5.30 pm

Kids 4-6

 

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advance for a trial
class appointment.

4.30–5.30 pm

Kids 6-8
Almut & Simon

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advance for a trial
class appointment.

4.30–5.30 pm

Kids 7-11
Max

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advance for a trial
class appointment.

4.30–5.30 pm

Kids 9-12
Max

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advance for a trial
class appointment.

4.30–5.30 pm

Youth 12-16
Ulrike

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advance for a trial
class appointment.

Children from 5 years

In small groups, various movement options are tried out and expanded playfully.

The focus is on promoting flexibility, coordination, and a sense of balance. In addition, motor skills are laid for later aikido training or other sporting activities.

Children from 10 years

Depending on the age, the whole curriculum of Aikido techniques can be practiced here. The dynamic fall school and endurance/stamina are also topics here.

Aikido weapons, such as swords and staff, are used once a month.

Children from 7 years

From around the age of 6, we start with simple Aikido techniques and the basics of fall school.

As they get older, more complicated Aikido techniques can be practiced. A new challenge for the children now is practicing in partnership. The children learn to concentrate both on the exercise and the exercise partner and to work through the movements together.

Aikido for children and teens from ages 5 to 12 years

Body consciousness and psychological development

Anyone who has children or is dealing with children knows that physical, mental, and spiritual development goes hand in hand. Each learning process on a physical level also entails a mental and psychological growth process in itself. In Aikido, the children can experiment with their movement spectrum, try new movements, and incorporate them into their repertoire. In this way, body consciousness is positively influenced and strengthened. However, the practice has not only an impact on fitness and health but also promotes mental and psychological development.

The movements of Aikido transcend social and linguistic barriers

Aikido Training offers children the opportunity to make a variety of movement experiences. Thus, the perception of children is improved in general. In addition, the basic movements of Aikido transcend all social and linguistic barriers and thereby have an integrative effect. Social competence is enhanced by cooperative partnership during the practice. The movements of Aikido are smooth and dynamic, encourage attention and concentration, and create new body awareness. By emphasizing partnership practice, in which there is no competition, aggressions are reduced.

Classes for children from ages 5 to 12 years

In children’s classes from ages 5 to 7, we focus on the general moving experience and body consciousness. The kids experience moving and rolling on the big open space of the Aikido mat and interact with other children. From age 7, we begin with the first simple but more formalized Aikido techniques and the basic methods of falling. The emphasis is on the development of flexibility and coordination ability. According to age, we move on to more complex Aikido techniques and physical exercises.

Schedule for children

Tuesday: 4.30 – 5.30 pm, age 5-7
Wednesday: 4.30 – 5.30 pm, age 7-9
Thursday: 4.30 – 5.30 pm, age 8-12

New children are welcome. Please call in advance or email us, to check availability.

Aikido for youths from ages 12 to 16

Created from the martial arts of the Samurai

Aikido originated from the traditional fighting techniques of the samurai and has developed into a modern form of self-defense. The principle of Aikido is to use the energy of the attack and redirect it in a different direction, without injuring the opponent. The attitude that comes in Aikido’s expression is thus not aggressive or combative but actively peaceful. You learn to deal with aggression and to respond appropriately to an attack. The Aikido techniques are dynamic and if properly handled very effective. It is therefore important to thoroughly deal with the techniques (katas), to make progress. Also, the attacker must be able to fall safely from any situation without getting hurt. Therefore, the case school and strengthening exercises are important prerequisites to practicing Aikido in its dynamic form. In addition to the techniques without weapons, dealing with a stick and sword is also a regular part of Aikido. Training with the traditional weapons of the samurai makes for good posture and trains attention and timing.

Classe for youths

On Friday 4.45 to 5.45 pm, we have a class for teenagers from ages 12 to 16.

If you are interested, please call or e-mail.

Teacher

Ulrike Serak, 6th Dan

Beginners are always welcome. Please call in advance! mobile: 0177 5544216 or 030 2614546

Aikido course for children and parents together

New offer for parents and children

From June 2024 we will start a new Aikido class for parents and children together.

  • Learn Aikido together and have fun
  • Learning to fall, roll, and get up again
  • Improve coordination and concentration
  • Learn an Aikido technique in each training and know the name of the technique

In each training session, there are exercises that the adults do with their children, sometimes the adults assist and sometimes the children support their parents.

The children will practice the Aikido techniques and the adults with each other.

The age of the children does not have to be homogeneous; a minimum age of 6 years would be good, but exceptions are possible.

Jia will be leading the training, she is a 2nd Dan and trains as often as possible. She also teaches adult classes regularly.

Trial class

There are two trial sessions, on May 27th and June 3rd, both Mondays at 4:30 p.m.

Afterwards, the ongoing course begins.

If you are interested, please contact us by email or telephone.

The course fee for this training is 60,00 €/month.

The grading system in Aikido

The grading system in Aikido is divided into kyu and dan grades. It starts with the 5th Kyu and ends with the 8th Dan. From 2nd Kyu, you wear the hakama (trad . Jap. Culottes) and, from 1st Dan black belt in addition.

As often assumed, the 1st Dan is not a sign of mastery in Aikido. It simply means that the student has completed the stage of pure learning of the techniques and can concentrate more on Aikido’s excess principles.

In Aikido, there is no obligation to take examinations. Those who, however, decide to document its development through testing will experience that this intensive discussion of the basic techniques and their similarity will help to understand the learning system of Aikido much better. The seemingly endless and confusing variety of techniques will get structured and the relationship between movement and principles becomes clearer.

The Aikido Dojo Gleisdreieck is a member of the Aikido Federation Germany. The Federation is officially recognized by the Aikikai Hombu Dojo and is allowed to test up to the 4th dan Aikikai. Download test requirements