Today, Klaus Messlinger successfully passed the test for 3rd Dan Aikikai Tokyo. The head of Aikido Dojo Oberursel had prepared over a year for this grading.
The grading took place in Stockholm, in front of a panel consisting of four notable members of the international Aikikai federation: Urban Aldenklimt Shihan (7th Dan), Jan Nevelius Shihan (6th Dan), Mouliko Halén (7th Dan) and Jorma Lyly (6th Dan).
The hour-long test required not only a profound knowledge of the several hundred Aikido techniques and forms, but also personal presence and adequate response to various attackers in a confined space. Standing and kneeling techniques, attacks from the front and back, defense against grabs and punches were just as much part of the test, as free defense against one and more attackers and disarming techniques against knife and sword.
The test marked the end of an international aikido camp in Lillsved, Sweden. Results will be confirmed by the international Aikikai federation in Tokyo.Klaus Messlinger, 3rd Dan Aikikai Tokio, after the test Article in Oberurseler Woche newspaper about this grading Newspaper article in "Mix am Mittwoch (Hochtaunus)"