Aikido against two attackers. Filmed in Kosice, Slovakia, 2012.
My Aikido Life So Far
I started to practice aikido in 1972, when I was 18 years old. How that happened, you can read on the page called Aikido is true. In those days there were not many dojos in Sweden - I'm not sure, but probably not much more than a dozen. Luckily, several of them were in the Stockholm area, where I lived.
On Fridays, our dojo was visited by the Japanese teacher Toshikazu Ichimura, who was at that time 5 dan aikido and 6 dan renshi in iaido. After some time, I was allowed to go to his classes, too. By then, I had already been completely mesmerized by aikido. We were a group of students of about the same age, who practiced as much as we ever could, and went to Ichimura's classes in the other dojos in the Stockholm area.
Me back in 1973 or 1974, quite scared as Ichimura attacked viciously with a bokken, the wooden sword. Filmed in Uppsala at the summer seminar.
Shortly before that, I had what I would like to call my first aikido satori, where suddenly everything seemed to be clear as water. I started to throw people without touching them, and so on. You know the Japanese saying: Three years on a stone...
Still, I soon got back to struggling with the basics, albeit from another perspective. The club where I started to practice aikido is still around: Järfälla Aikido Club
Revisiting my old dojo Järfälla in 2004, teaching at a seminar there. Sorry it's only in Swedish, but I think you get the idea. Filmed by Olle DehlÚn.
Video recording from Brandbergen in 1979. Sort of a mock class for the camera, with me talking quite a lot (in Swedish) as usual.
In 1991 I moved to Malmö, in the south of Sweden, and started the aikido section at the big Martial Arts dojo Enighet, which was founded already in 1892. So I got to participate in its 100th jubilee. I am still here. Here is the website of the Enighet Aikido.
Jo 31 kata in four directions, filmed at Enighet dojo in Malm÷, Sweden, 2006.
Nishio sensei held annual seminar at the Enighet dojo for some years in the 1990's. Also Sugano sensei and Tamura sensei have visited our dojo. This has been very inspiring indeed for us, and of immense value for me in trying to progress as a teacher.
Nishio Sensei teaching at a seminar in my dojo Enighet, 1993. This is the first of five videos from that seminar, filmed by Ulf Lundquist.
Iaido, the sword art. Recorded at my dojo Enighet in 2006.
Iriminage as henkawaza (shifting technique), when uke resists shihonage. Filmed at a seminar in Munich, 2014.
I'm still mesmerized by the intriguing art of aikido and the endless path it presents. Not to mention how much fun it is to throw people around in all friendliness.
My Aikido Books
Aikido PrinciplesBasic 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.
My Other Websites
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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.