Eckhardt Hemkemeier, 5th Dan

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I was born in 1959 and practice Aikido since 1986, since 1989 Tendoryu-Aikido. By the impressive personality of Shimizu Sensei and his beautiful Aikido, I almost instantly became a Tendoryu student. Once or twice a year, I visit Japan and the Tendokan (the dojo of Sensei Shimizu) and I am always able to bring new insights back home. I also feel a strong connection with Tendoryu through Shimizu Senseis seminars here in Europe, which I accompany almost always.

Tendoryu-Aikido is still real budo, openess, honesty, a straightforward effective technique, unadorned and natural ukemi (the art of falling) and the sense of performing a kind of "zen in motion", are always challenge and satisfaction for me.

Tendoryu-Aikido has it's firmly settled place in my life, one could say, it is my life.

At last my advice to the beginner, and perhaps even more to the little more advanced: "Don't stop, don't give up, don't be always content with yourself, rejoice in every improvement, enjoy the growing mental and physical strength, the newly built friendships, and don't despair if there is no progress for some time, ganbatte kudasai!"

Gérard Guilbaud, 3rd Dan

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I was born in 1959 in Loroux Bottereau, Loire Atlantique, France.

At the age of 18 I started to learn Shotokan Karate, and two years later by chance I got to know Aikido. Its dynamic and the art of movement surprised and fascinated me. I trained for a month, but then was forced to quit with aikido due to a traffic accident. It took until 1987 for me to return to the martial art of Aikido and it never lost its hold of me since then. In the beginning it was kind of difficult, because there were not many possibilities to train under good instructors at that time. Also I wished to learn it real fast. Nowadays I know, that it´s impossible to learn Aikido in only a few years, and that it is good the way it is. One maybe learns a little faster than the other, but then he realises even more possibilities and difficulties.

Aikido for me means a perpetual development, a persistent duty to question oneself, in order to participate in our worlds harmony, so that we can get even with our everyday life and our fellow men. So it is no wonder, that there won't be an end.

The advantage of Aikido is, that one can also practice it at an older age, and every year, when I watch Mr. Shimizu Sensei closely, I´m always amazed anew. This is certainly the reason, why I practice Tendoryu Aikido. Shimizu Sensei has managed to keep his aikido alive; and to alway refine it, just as O´Sensei did.

To every beginner I would say: Begin and continue, continue and enjoy it.

Matthias Schwing, 2. Dan

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1961 geboren, kam ich mit 47 Jahren zum Tendoryu-Aikido.
Ein Probetraining zog mich in seinen Bann und ließ mich nicht mehr los.
Nach langen Jahren ATK, Ju Jitsu und Jiu Jitsu fand ich hier ein Dojo, das sich sehr von den Bisherigen unterschied. Hier trainiert man miteinander und nicht gegeneinander. Die Fortgeschrittenen trainieren mit den Anfängern. Die Techniken werden langsam gelehrt und mit großer Sorgfalt. Mit einer neu zu erlernenden Entspanntheit werden schnörkellose und sehr effektive Techniken erst möglich. Mit der Zeit und dem Fortschritt tritt eine innere Ruhe ein, die sich positiv in den Alltag überträgt. Souveränität und geistige Flexibilität führen zu einem neuen schönen Lebensgefühl.
Budo kann so viel mehr sein, als reine Selbstverteidigung.

Mein Rat an die Anfänger, nehmt euch die Zeit dies heraus zu finden.
Lernt aufmerksam und ohne Vorbehalte das Neue. Es lohnt sich!

Eva Hönig, 2. Dan

Stina Holtkötter, 1. Kyu