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.

 

Kyu Gradings / 60 Members

The intensive preparations paid off: five dojo members passed their kyu tests last weekend. They received very positive feedback from the jury, which consisted of head instructor Klaus Meßlinger and additional panel members who were partially from other dojos to ensure neutral evaluation. On top of the successful gradings the dojo celebrated that the 60th member joined just a week earlier.

Successful candidates:

  • 5th Kyu
    • Johanna Porr
    • Hannah Olbrich
  • 6th Kyu
    • Carsten Martikke
    • Mike Matthias
    • Sabine Czech

Kyu gradings autumn 2019

Back: panel members Jörn Fritsch (1st kyu), Klaus Meßlinger (3rd dan) und Brigitta Schultz (3rd dan);
front: Sabine, Johanna, Hannah, Mike und Carsten (photo: Josef Chovanec)

“We are particularly happy that we had candidates from all age groups, most of them women", says head instructor Klaus Meßlinger. “It shows that Aikido reaches people from all walks of life, and it is a result of the healthy growth of our dojo: we now have 60 members, practising in our Oberursel and Bad Homburg locations. This positive development is fuelled by the enthusiasm and friendly atmosphere our dojo members created."

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.

Seminar with Karl Ruben

A sharp sword cuts effortlessly, and just as effortlessly should Aikido techniques be executed. At his seminar in Oberursel, Karl Ruben showed what challenges working with the wooden sword presents to both partners, and how this practice can be transferred to empty-handed Aikido techniques. Participants from all over Germany came to Oberursel to improve their skills, and despite the high temperatures they practised with enthusiasm and focus.

Sword exercise
Sword exercise
Aikido builds on the knowledge of the samurai, and swordsmanship is an important part of it. Even though the weapon has no practical significance in our days, mastering the sword is key to understanding the techniques of the non-violent martial art of Aikido: it teaches keeping the right distance, finding the best position and being able to respond at just the right moment. It is important that practitioners understand to hold and move the heavy wooden sword in an alert yet relaxed way, being able to act with swiftness and precision. Karl Ruben showed what advantages this practice offers when transferring the principles to empty-handed techniques.

Throwing with sword movement
Throwing with sword movement
Karl Ruben runs two dojos in Berlin and holds a 4th dan of the international Aikikai federation. He started practising aikido at age 13 and learned from the most renowned international teachers. His interpretation of aikido is dynamic and passionate, yet precise, always in search for the joint movement of both partners. As he likes to work with a higher frequency, a particular focus of his teaching is on developing the best way of how to meet the floor unharmed—and enjoy it.

Hip throw
Hip throw
"We are very happy that—once again—Karl Ruben accepted our invitation to teach at our dojo", says Klaus Messlinger, head instructor at Aikido Oberursel. "At this year's seminar he challenged us with some particularly difficult tasks and sword katas that will take some time to master. The participants—half of them women—were eager to push their limits, and they were working very hard on the exercises and techniques which required an extraordinary amount of concentration and body control. It was a lot of fun, too."

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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