The Peaceful Martial Art

Me and my teacher Ichimura sensei, way back in 1974. The video above is from 2007, at my present dojo Enighet in Malmö, Sweden. The photo to the right is from 1974, with an adolescent me as uke to Ichimura sensei, my aikido teacher at that time.

       Now, I have practiced aikido for more than 40 years. How many hobbies will last for that long, and remain fascinating? Normally I am impatient, to say the least. Anything that I have to repeat over and over will very quickly lose its attraction.

       Not so with aikido, the gentle martial art from Japan. I keep on doing those exercises, keep on struggling to refine the aikido techniques - and my fascination increases. This is an anomaly, a koan if you will, that can only be comprehended if aikido is seen neither as a sport nor a system of self defense, but as an art.

       Of course aikido is an art. Endlessly intriguing, infinitely variable, never perfected - what else could it be?

       Scroll down to check out all the aikido material I have on this website. I hope you find it interesting.

Stefan Stenudd

Aikido in The Walking DeadAikido in The Walking Dead

Aikido is prominent in the season 6 episode 4 of the TV series The Walking Dead, which was released on November 1st, 2015. Click the header to read more about it.

Aikido Basics

Tables of all the aikido techniques and attacks, and their combinations. With comments and explanations.

Aikido Glossary

A dictionary of aikido terms and their meanings.

Ikkyo Complete

Texts and video clips on ikkyo against several different attacks. Ikkyo, the first technique of aikido, can be done in many ways and against many attack forms. Here are most of them.

Attacks in Aikido

Kogeki, the attack techniques in aikido. Photos and comments about the most common attack forms used in aikido, and tips about how to do them.

Aikido Video Clips

Several aikido video clips - both from seminars and from instructional recordings. In some of them I do rather improvised versions of basic and not so basic aikido techniques, in others I stick to basic forms for clarity.

Aikido Knife Defense

Tantodori, aikido defense against knife attacks - some techniques. This is focused on how to take the knife from the attacker at the end of the technique, something that many aikidoka do without enough care.

Jo 31 Kata

The jo 31 kata in four directions. The traditional 31 kata practiced in aikido is in two directions - front and back - but that is odd for a kata with so many movements. At my dojo, we have allowed ourselves to modify it into a four directions kata. See how we do it, and see if you approve or not.


Aikido sword exercises with partner and bokken, or solo like iaido. There are some very complex systems of sword exercises in aikido, often demanding a high strain on one's memory at the cost of properly exercising the sword technique fundamentals. This is a simple exercise system we use at my dojo. I call it aikibatto, since it combines aspects of aikido with those of iaido (batto).

Aikido as Self-Defense

There's much discussion about aikido as self-defense. Does it work, and if so - how to do it? This text tries to answer some such questions and explore what "realistic" really means.


The aikido technique koshinage against a few basic attacks, described in text and videos.


The aikido technique yonkyo and how to apply it, described in text and video.


The aikido technique kotegaeshi against different attacks, described in text and videos.


Video clips and explanations on the basic aikido pinning technique nikyo, against a couple of particularly difficult attacks - mainly katadori, shoulder grip, and munedori, collar grip. A relaxed way of training nikyo is also shown.


Video clips and explanations on the basic aikido pinning technique sankyo, against a couple of typical attacks. A relaxed way of using sankyo to control the partner's body is also shown.

Ki, Life Energy

About ki, the life energy, middle syllable in the word aikido, and essential in training. Explanations and exercises.

Tanden, the Center

About tanden, the Center, what it is, how it works and how to exercise it - not just in aikido.

Iriminage. Ink brush aikido drawing by Stefan Stenudd.

Aikido Inks

I experimented with using the brush to express the movements and principles of aikido techniques, sort of in the fashion of Japanese calligraphy (shodo). Here are some of the results.

Running an Aikido Dojo

The ups and downs of running your own aikido dojo. What my experiences have taught me.

AikiWeb Columns

My columns at AikiWeb, a great aikido website.

Aikido Photos

Photos of me and my friends on the aikido tatami, from my dojo and others, in Sweden and abroad.

Osensei and Einstein

Osensei and Einstein Aikido principles in celestial mechanics. I compare some aspects of aikido with those laws of gravity revealed by Einstein.

Aikido Books of Interest

A commented selection of my favorite books about aikido, and about things related to it.

Aikido Is True

The overwhelming experiences of the beginner. How I got into aikido.

Aikido - die friedliche Kampfkunst

Aikido book in German My book on aikido was translated into German by Sabine Neumann. Here you find the complete German version of it.

About Me

A short Aikido biography of yours truly.

My Aikido Seminars

Here is information about my aikido seminars in Sweden and other countries.

My Aikido Books

Aikido Principles. Book by Stefan Stenudd.

Aikido Principles

Basic Concepts of the Peaceful Martial Art. The basic principles, philosophy and traditional budo concepts in aikido. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.
More about the book here.

Attacks in Aikido, by Stefan Stenudd.

Attacks in Aikido

How to do kogeki, the attack techniques. All the attack techniques in aikido explained, and how to do them correctly. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.
More about the book here.

Aikibatto, by Stefan Stenudd.


Aikiken Sword Exercises for Aikido. The aikibatto exercises, practical and spiritual aspects of the sword arts, advice on equipment for training. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.
More about the book here.

Aikido Menu


Aikido Techniques
Attacks in Aikido
Ikkyo complete
Tantodori - knife defense
Jo 31 Kata
Ki exercises
Aikibatto sword and staff exercises
Aikido Video Clips
Aikido Photos
My seminars


My Aikido Bio
Aikido Glossary
Tanden, the Center
Aikido Inks
Aikido as Self-Defense
Running a Dojo
Aikido is True
Osensei and Einstein
AikiWeb Columns
Die deutsche Version meines Aikido-Buches online
Aikido på svenska

My Other Websites

Myths in general and myths of creation in particular.

Qi (also spelled chi or ki) explained, with exercises to increase it.

An encyclopedia of life energy concepts around the world.

The wisdom of Taoism and the Tao Te Ching, its ancient source.

The ancient Chinese system of divination and free online reading.

Tarot card meanings in divination and a free online spread.

The complete horoscope chart and how to read it.

My Facebook page.

My Twitter account.

My Amazon Author page.

My YouTube account with aikido videos.

My YouTube account Aravadia, with art videos and poetry.

My Swedish website.

My Books

Click the header to get to the webpage where I present all my books in English. Click an image below to go to that book's page on Amazon.

Sunday Brunch with the World Maker. Novel by Stefan Stenudd. All's End. Science fiction novel by Stefan Stenudd. Tao Te Ching - The Taoism of Lao Tzu Explained. Book by Stefan Stenudd.
Tao Quotes - The Ancient Wisdom of the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu. Book by Stefan Stenudd. Cosmos of the Ancients. Book by Stefan Stenudd. Occasionally I Contemplate Murder. Book by Stefan Stenudd.
QI - increase your life energy. Book by Stefan Stenudd. Attacks in Aikido. Book by Stefan Stenudd. Aikido Principles. Book by Stefan Stenudd.
Aikibatto. Book by Stefan Stenudd. Life Energy Encyclopedia. Book by Stefan Stenudd. Tarot Unfolded. Book by Stefan Stenudd.
Your Health in Your Horoscope. Book by Stefan Stenudd.

About me
I'm a Swedish author of fiction and non-fiction books in both Swedish and English. I'm also an artist, an historian of ideas and a 7 dan Aikikai Shihan aikido instructor. Click the header to read my full bio.