Kyu Gradings Autumn 2017

After months of intensive preparation, seven dojo members took their kyu tests at the Aikido Dojo Oberursel. For the first time a "born-and-raised" dojo member earned the right to wear the hakama—Japanese culotte-style trousers—by obtaining 2nd kyu. Jury members Eric Steeves (4th dan), Brigitta Schultz (3rd dan), Klaus Messlinger (3rd dan) and Karin Koers (2nd dan) were very pleased with the good results. Congratulations to all!

  • 2nd Kyu
    • Jörn Fritsch
  • 5th Kyu
    • Ilinca S.
    • Arnold Koch
    • Josef Chovanec
  • 6th Kyu
    • Juan José Doniga
    • Johanna Porr
    • Hannah Olbrich

Kyu Gradings Autumn 2017
Back row: Karin Koers, Klaus Meßlinger, Brigitta Schultz, and Eric Steeves;
front row: Ilinca, Hannah, Jörn, Josef, and Arnold;
not in the picture: Juan and Johanna

Visit our image gallery to see pictures from the jury keikos.

Our Dojo in the Oberursel Newspaper

Today the "Taunus Zeitung" newspaper published a 2/3 page on our dojo under the headline "Fighting without hurting". A well written article with lots of pictures - a great promotion for our work.

Journalist Anja Petter visited our beginners' course together with photographer Heiko Rhode. She was an attentive listener, asked elaborate questions and turned those into a diligently written article. Afterwards Klaus Messlinger and Jörn Fritsch showed some advanced techniques for the photographer.

Taunus Zeitung, 6 September 2017
A 2/3 page in "Taunus Zeitung" issue from 6 September 2017

Head of Dojo Passes Test For 3rd Dan

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)"

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