Stefan Stenudd
Stefan Stenudd
About me
I'm a Swedish writer and aikido instructor, 6 dan Aikikai Shihan, former Vice Chairman of the International Aikido Federation. I've practiced aikido since 1972. I also teach the sword art iaido. Here's my budo bio.



Aikido
AIKIDO PRACTICE

Aikido Techniques

Attacks in Aikido

Ikkyo complete

Tantodori - knife defense

Ki exercises

Koshinage

Kotegaeshi

Yonkyo

Nikyo

Sankyo

Jo 31 Kata

Aikibatto sword exercises

Aikido Video Clips

Aikido Photos

My seminars


AIKIDO THEORY

Aikido Glossary

Ki energy

Tanden, the Center

Aikido Inks

Aikido as Self-Defense

Running a Dojo

Aikido is True

Osensei and Einstein

AikiWeb Columns

Aikido Links

Visitor Response

Aikido på svenska


AIKIDO BOOKS

Attacks in Aikido

Aikido Principles

Die deutsche Version meines Aikido-Buches online

My Aikido Book in Czech

My Aikido Book in Swedish

Other Aikido Books


Aikibatto, by Stefan Stenudd.

Aikibatto
by Stefan Stenudd. The aikibatto sword and staff exercises for aikido students explained, with practical and spiritual aspects of the sword arts, equipment for training, and more. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.

QI - increase your life energy, by Stefan Stenudd.

Qi Energy
Increase your life energy, by Stefan Stenudd. The life energy qi (also chi or ki), with exercises on how to awaken, increase, and use it. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.



Stenudd's Blog


Aikido Photos



Aikidofotoalbum

Images From My Seminars and Dojo Classes


In my early days as an aikidoka, I was mostly the one holding the camera, so of all the photos in my album from that period, few have me in them. Now that I rarely bring my own camera to the dojo, things are a bit different. Judging from the pictures others give me, it seems as if I am never out of focus.

     Until this moment, modesty - I'd like to believe - has stopped me from any more than sporadically using photos of me, in books I have written, on these webpages, and other public channels. To my astonishment, though, several aikido friends have asked me to reconsider. For the life of me, I can't figure out why.



     What I do find, though, is that I enjoy it, now that I have started. It gets me to look through photos, which have so far only had the company of each other, in dark drawers and cardboard boxes, waiting in vain to be sorted into albums I have not updated for close to a decade. A www-album does not get covered by dust.

     So, here is a handful of aikido pictures, most of them with me somewhere in them, and it is my intention to have the collection grow - eventually. The most recent ones come first. For the comfort of the surfer, I have made thumbnails linked to webpages with larger pix, for those who just never can get enough of me. I might be one of them, we will see if I am actually all of them. Enjoy!

Stefan Stenudd

Brandbergen aikido in the 1980's.
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Brandbergen in the 1980's

I started an aikido dojo in Brandbergen, south of Stockholm, in the late 1970's, at first within the local soccer club. In 1981 it became a separate club. Here are photos from the early 1980's. Time flies.


Nishio sensei
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Nishio sensei

(1927-2005) visited our dojo Enighet several times in the 1990's. Here are some photos taken by Ulf Lundquist at those seminars.


Jönköping 2004
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Jönköping 2004

The Jönköping Aikido Club celebrated its first ten years with a seminar in January 2004. These photos were taken by Ulrik Eklund, who was the founder of the club, and its head instructor until he moved to Kiruna, then to Gothenburg.


Järfälla oktober 2003.
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Järfälla 2003

Järfälla Aikido Club is where I started as a beginner in 1972. Here are pictures taken by Hans-Erik Lehndal at a seminar I held there in October 2003. I made some odd faces, but I assure you that it all made some kind of sense.


Pardubice 2003
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Pardubice 2003

Near Hradec Kralove - the city that took me forever to learn the name of, although I've had a seminar there and it has some good restaurants - is Pardubice. Leos Matousek took these photos from the seminar in Pardubice in 2003.


Plzen 2003
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Plzen 2003

At the 2003 Plzen summer seminar, I shared the teaching with Jan Hermansson, Aikikai Shihan, Swedish aikido nestor. He is very well known for his capacity and fantastic repertoir of techniques. He's got a great sense of humor, too. I took these photos at some of his classes.


Enighet New Year's Eve 2002.
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Enighet New Year's Eve 2002

For once, I'm on the reverse side of the camera. I took these photos at my dojo Enighet, after our New Year's Eve training in 2002. Jonas Dahlqvist and Tomas Ohlsson are the ones on the other side of the camera.


Aikido Aikido Aikido
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Berlin 2002

At the April 2002 weekend seminar, we did some taninzugake - several simultaneous attackers - among other things. Here are some photos, taken by Larry Kwolek, of the complex web of people which can appear in gotai taninzugake.


Aikido Aikido Aikido Aikido
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Zlin

In Zlin, Czech Republic, the ever-joyous Patrik Orth works hard for aikido - in his dojo as well as with his Aikido magazine, and much more. My first visit was in 2000, from which these photos are, and we practiced without tatami. For the most part, we exercised with jo and bokken, which is easy enough on the naked floor, but somehow we moved on to regular aikido. Nobody seemed to mind.


Aikido Aikido Aikido Aikido
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Lucenec

My first seminar in Slovakia was in 1999, in the town of Lucenec - pretty much in the center of the country. Also in 2000 we had a seminar there, right after the one in Plzen, so it seems to become a tradition, and a most enjoyable one. A week full of aikido training, in the company of just as friendly as dedicated students. These photos are from the year 2000. Mostly I held the camera here, so I'm in almost none of them.


Aikido Aikido Aikido Aikido
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Plzen

The traditional summer seminar in Czech Republic was in the town of Plzen, where they make the beer, in the year 2000. This town is where it has been the most, competently handled by Jarda and his dojo. This time Ulf Evenås, 6 dan in both Iwama ryu and Aikikai, was also teaching, to the delight of both the seminar students and myself. These many pictures have been taken by me, except for those with me in them, which were taken by Ulf.


Berlin 2000. Berlin 2000.

Berlin 2000. Berlin 2000.

Berlin 2000. Berlin 2000.

Berlin 2000.


Berlin

For several years I have been holding seminars at the Tanden Aikido in Berlin, a club where my ol' aikido pal Mikael Eriksson is instructing since its start (and before that). These pictures - mainly from iaido classes - are taken by Frank Weingärtner of that dojo, in the June seminar of 2000.


Berlin 2000. Aikido
Ghosts at Enighet.

Ghosts at Enighet.

Ghosts at Enighet. Ghosts at Enighet.

Ghosts at Enighet. Ghosts at Enighet.


Ghosts at Enighet

Gisela Döhler is a sophisticated artist, who made a number of drawings at our aikido classes, catching wonderfully the movement and flow of aikido. These drawings are exhibited at the Enighet dojo website. She also took some photos, once again focusing on the flow that is so characteristic of aikido, wherefore the unfocused nature of the pictures make us look a bit like ghosts.

Aikido

Aikido


Sweden

Here are pictures from Swedish national aikido seminars - the upper one in January 1999 by super-professional photographer Magnus Hartman, who is an instructor at the very dojo where I started doing aikido, the other in the Easter of 1998 by present Swedish aikido Chairman Jöran Fagerlund.

Aikido

Aikido

Aikido

Aikido

Aikido


Czech

Since 1991 I go regularly to have seminars in the Czech Republic, where everybody practices so hard I get a sweat already by watching them. Czech aikido, having started not that long ago, is developing with an impressive pace. Larry Kwolek, living in Prague, took these photos in Plzen 1998.


Aikido Aikido
Aikido

Aikido Aikido


Vännäs

These photos were taken by the gifted photographer and charming instructor Dick Lindström, Kaizen Aikido dojo in Vännäs, far up north in Sweden, when I had a seminar there. It was in the winter, so we did not mind being indoors.

Aikido

Aikido

Aikido


Ven

For a few years Enighet aikido had outdoor seminars on the picturesqe island Ven, in between Sweden and Denmark. We mainly exercised with jo, bokken and iaido kata - well, an occasional normal aikido throw, too. Those were festive events, so we might want to repeat them someday. Photos by dojo member Ulf Lundquist.

Aikido

Aikido

Aikido


Enighet

I was born and raised in Stockholm, which is also where I started 1972 with aikido at the Järfälla Budo dojo, but in 1991 I moved to Malmö in south Sweden. Later that year we started the aikido training at the huge martial arts dojo Enighet. These photos are taken by dojo member Ulf Lundquist, the upper two with Håkan Karlsson, who lives in the US right now, and the third with Fredrik Grenson.

More will come.
Stefan Stenudd

My Aikido Books

Aikido Principles, by Stefan Stenudd.

Aikido Principles

Basic Concepts of the Peaceful Martial Art, by Stefan Stenudd. Aikido principles, philosophy, and basic ideas. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.

Attacks in Aikido, by Stefan Stenudd.

Attacks in Aikido

How to do kogeki, the attack techniques, by Stefan Stenudd. All the attack techniques in aikido explained, and how to do them correctly. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.