Aikido at its best: in his weekend seminar in Oberursel, Jan Nevelius taught challenging techniques of the Japanese martial art and their underlying ideas. The exceptional teacher from Stockholm followed the invitation of the Aikido Dojo Oberursel to celebrate our 5th anniversary. 50 participants from all over Europe travelled to the two venues at Bad Homburg and Oberursel to improve their skills and face the challenge of how to subtly neutralise attacks under the instruction of the Swedish teacher.
Lead through connection Jan Nevelius is one of the few European aikidoka who was awarded both the rank of 7th dan and the "shihan" title of the international Aikikai federation in Tokyo. This federation's history goes back to the founder of aikido, Morihei Ueshiba. It was a great honour for the Aikido Dojo Oberursel that Jan Nevelius followed the invitation to teach in the Taunus foothills. The focus of the seminar was on the inner principles of the non-violent martial art, how to develop a feeling for the attacker's intentions and how to influence the movement from this understanding. Even though the techniques are subtle, the effect is impressive: the attacker loses balance without sensing any interference. Depending on the situation they either end up pinned to the floor, or rolling away or taking a high fall.
High fall through entering Jan Nevelius has been practising aikido for over 40 years. He spent some of these years at the aikido headquarters in Tokyo which is under the management of the founder's descendants. Nevelius is head of the Vanadis dojo in Stockholm which is a popular place for aikidoka from all over the world to exchange and practise. He puts his focus on an alert connection between the partners, freedom of movement, and an alert and safe way of accepting techniques. In addition to aikido, he practises reiki and qi gong, and he teaches stress management and Asian arts of healing at Stockholm university. Recently, he published "Vaken vila", a book on creating awareness in daily life.
50 participants from all over Europe "I am very happy that for the first time my teacher and friend Jan Nevelius came to Oberursel to hold a seminar", says Klaus Messlinger, head of Aikido Oberursel. "International exchange is an integral part of aikido, following the founder's wishes. This not only creates a more versatile training experience, but also lays the foundation of lasting friendships. Jan Nevelius has been my inspiration for almost 20 years, particularly so because he keeps researching and developing aikido in a way that makes each seminar a unique experience. His role model was one of the reasons why I decided to create Aikido Oberursel 5 years ago, so I genuinely hope that he will return next year."
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.