Aikido is a young Japanese kind of BUDO that developed from the 1930s onwards. Based on feudal Japan's fighting techniques, it developed into an art of peace or non-fighting.
Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969) founded this art. Initially he defined his art with the name aiki-bujutsu, later aiki-budo and finally AIKIDO: "The way of harmony with the Ki of the Universe".
Koichi Tohei (1920-2011) began practising in 1939 under the direction of Morihei Ueshiba. In 1956 he was appointed chief of Aikido instructors. In 1969 he received the 10th Dan. In 1971 he founded his federation of Aikido with the name of Ki no Kenkyukai: Ki research society.
Sensei Yoshigasaki (1951-2021) studied Ki and Aikido from Tohei Sensei. Since 1977 he has taught Aikido in Europe. He developed Aikido theory, philosophy and techniques a lot. His federation is called Ki no Kenkyukai Internationale.
From a technical point of view, in aikido you mainly learn to dodge blows, to avoid collision and to guide the attacks of your teammates by unbalancing them. Aikido is not a self-defense sport but, through constant training and the acquisition of various apparently soft but actually vigorous and dynamic techniques, you learn to move in a coordinated, fast and powerful way, you develop a remarkable ability to concentrate mental balance, agility and quick reflexes. The movements always respect the natural possibilities of the human body and are therefore an optimal method for health.
every Thursday from September to May (school calendar)
19.00 - 21.00 aikido for all
21.00 - 21.30 aikido for advanced kyu, instructors and dan
with Bernhard Boll, 6th dan
Yvette Voumard, 4th dan and Govert Erkelens, 2nd dan
2 saturdays a month
subject to agreements made from time to time
16.00 - 19.00 preparation for exams
with Bernhard Boll
contact: firstname.lastname@example.org (Yvette)