(Dojo Cho, Aiki Wiki)
(Sensei, Fukushidoin, Team Aikikids)
Aikido for me is ...
... the path to our real existence. The secret behind is, that it's forcing connection in a natural, material and mental way. We immediatly get a feedback on our presence and any interaction. Also it teaches respect, awareness, mindfulness, it explains physics, it develops our spirit and it's unifying the whole situation. It shows us how to build a center, to be able to "play" with time and energy. It puts our ego into a humble, reflecting position by experiencing the fascinating lightness and strength of natural power. It gives us presence and a natural strong body and mind as a gift. Last but not least it creates peace inside and outside.
My way to aikido ...
... was funny and fascinating. There was something, that forced me again and again to start the art of peace. So many coincidences! The short story is that I travelled all over europe with my motorcycle for many years and I met one person at different places year after year. Once this person told me that he has started aikido. I asked him, if he has openend a sushi restaurant or sth. else ;), I don't remember. But after the third time or so, I took a look at this martial art. It was really hard in the beginning, like it is today, a everlasting challenge. It's only 4 things: body, mind, time and get rid of this damned egoistic illusion by connection. Many thanks to my old friend Dimitris Farmakidis Sensei for ignition, my sensei Sepp Daam from Ulm, how has developed my skills out from nothing, George Koliopoulos Sensei, Björn Eirik Olsen Shihan and all others who were and will be on my way.