Kyu Gradings May 2022

The intensive preparation paid off: At the weekend, Fenja and Kendra Bender passed the 5th Kyu examination. The jury consisted of dojo head Klaus Meßlinger and Josef Chovanec. The examiners were extremely satisfied with the performance of the two candidates.

In the non-violent Japanese martial art there are no competitions, so belt examinations are the most important events where the acquired skills can be demonstrated. There are six student grades up to black belt, from 6th Kyu (first level) to 1st Kyu (last exam before black belt).

The examinees have to master versatile tasks in the test: fixed sequences of movements showing body control, techniques with a partner performed on the floor and in standing position, falling and rolling in different directions.

Kyu Gradings May 2022

Back: examiners Josef Chovanec and Klaus Meßlinger; front: Kendra and Fenja Bender (picture: Benjamin Raabe)

"We are happy that once again two women have taken up the challenge," says dojo head Klaus Meßlinger. "Regardless of gender, we apply the same standards in the exams. In this case, the female candidates were better than many a male examinee in the past."

If this made you curious about Aikido: regular classes are Mondays from 18:30–20:30 at the Landgraf Ludwig school gym in Bad Homburg, Thursdays from 20:00–22:00 and Sundays from 18:00–20:30 at the TV Weisskirchen club house in Oberursel. For a free trial class come in comfortable sports gear; we practise barefoot. Find out more in the FAQ section.

Dojo Meetup in Duisburg

On Saturday, six aikidoka from Oberursel met with members of the "Aikido im Hof" dojo in Duisburg for a joint practice.

During the friendship visit, Duisburg teachers Sonja Sauer and Peter Menke joined forces with Oberursel teacher Klaus Meßlinger, and together they taught two intensive sessions in the form of a relay training. After class, there was enough time for a lively exchange over dinner before the group from Oberursel headed home.

Many thanks to Sonja and Peter and the Duisburg group for their hospitality and the many inspirations, on and off the mat!

Website of the Duisburg dojo: https://aikidoimhof.de

Oberursel group in Duisburg

Front centre: Sonja Sauer, Peter Menke and Klaus Meßlinger

Seminar with Jan Nevelius

Underneath the outer techniques of aikido lie inner principles, which play an important role in the peaceful martial art. During his seminar at the Aikido Dojo Oberursel, the Swedish teacher Jan Nevelius showed a number of memorable examples and applications which nevertheless require a lot of practice to master and proved to be challenging for the participants. The event last weekend attracted about 60 aikidoka from all over the world to Oberursel, about one third of them were women.

Seated throw
Seated throw
Even if it looks like a technique consists of just a sideways movement and a pin, this is only the outside appearance. The defender needs to apply inner principles in order to succeed. An example for this is "shinkentai": this Japanese expression can be translated as "mind first, then the sword, then the body". The "sword" in an unarmed aikido technique signifies a clear and precise movement. The seminar offered ample opportunities to research and practise the application of the correct order, deliberate and safe positions and continuous awareness.

Working with several attackers
Working with several attackers
Jan Nevelius has practiced Aikido for over 40 years. He spent several years in the main Aikido dojo in Tokyo, which is run by the family of the founder. In Stockholm he leads the Vanadis-Dojo, in which Aikidoka from all over the world practice and train throughout the year. In his personal Aikido practice he puts emphasis on a lively connection between the partners, freedom in movement and a well thought-out way of falling and rolling. He also practices Reiki and Qi Gong, and he teaches stress management and Asian medicine at Stockholm University. Recently his book "Vaken vila" was published in German, in which he deals with a mindful lifestyle.

Around 60 participants
Around 60 participants
"I am very happy that my long-time teacher and friend Jan Nevelius has come to us for the second time", says Klaus Meßlinger, head of the Aikido Dojo Oberursel. "The international exchange is part of Aikido. Not only does it create a more versatile education, but also many lasting friendships. Jan Nevelius has been accompanying my Aikido for almost 20 years now, constantly developing himself and inspiring me with new ideas at every meeting". With almost 60 participants this was the most visited course in the history of the dojo. Next year, the Swedish teacher will return to Oberursel again.

If this made you curious about Aikido: regular classes are Mondays from 18:30–20:30 at the Landgraf Ludwig school gym in Bad Homburg, Thursdays from 20:00–22:00 and Sundays from 18:00–20:30 at the TV Weisskirchen club house in Oberursel. For a free trial class come in comfortable sports gear; we practise barefoot. Find out more in the FAQ section.

Please visit the image gallery for impressions from the seminar.

 

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