Eckhardt Hemkemeier, 5th Dan
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!"