Aikido Bio

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.

       Actually, there was a dojo in the very suburb where I had my home, Järfälla, at walking distance. The teacher was Allan Wahlberg, one of the few shodan in those days. There was no Swede with a higher grade.

       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.

       I think it was already after one year of training that I started teaching the children's group in aikido - not doing a very good job with it, I would say. About a year later I started teaching some regular classes, and by 1976 Allan had left the dojo and I got to be in charge of the training. In those days, I was sure that I was skilled enough to do it.

       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 Dehlén.

       By 1977 I had moved to another Stockholm suburb, Brandbergen, and started an aikido dojo there. At first it was a little section of the local football club, and we practiced in the small gym hall of a school in the area.

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 1981, a brand new sports hall was opened and we moved our aikido practice to it. In the transition we formed a regular club of our own: The Brandbergen Aikido Club, which is still very much active.

       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 Malmö, Sweden, 2006.

       Since the 1960's, Swedish aikido has been fortunate to be visited by several Japanese teachers. Many of them have come repeatedly to hold seminars, and some still do. I have had the pleasure of training for most of them, such as Tamura, Saito, Kobayashi, Igarashi, Sugano, Nishio, Endo and Takemori.

       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.

       In 2015, I received the rank of 7 dan Aikikai Shihan. I am also 4 dan in the iai of Nishio sensei's Aikido Toho since 1996. Apart from the regular training at the Enighet dojo, I hold seminars in Sweden, Germany, Czech Republic and Slovakia. Photos of such events can be found in my aikido album.

Iaido, the sword art. Recorded at my dojo Enighet in 2006.

       Being a writer by profession, I have produced some books related to aikido and the Martial Arts, some of them only in Swedish but several also in English. I've also written a book about the Chinese classic Tao te ching and the concept of Qi (ki). Scroll down to see my aikido books in English.

Iriminage as henkawaza (shifting technique), when uke resists shihonage. Filmed at a seminar in Munich, 2014.

       Whether we like it or not, when people gather there is politics. Aikido is no exception. I have been in the Swedish Aikido board for some periods in the 1980's and 90's, sometimes as its Chairman, and in the board of the Swedish Budo & Martial Arts Federation, where I'm the President since 2009. I'm also a member of the Swedish aikido grading committee since 1991. In the International Aikido Federation I was its first webmaster and Assistant General Secretary for a few years in the 1990's, later a member of its Directing Committee, and its Vice Chairman 2008 - 2012.

       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.

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.


Stefan Stenudd


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


My Aikido Bio
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


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


All about the peaceful Japanese martial art.

A system of jo (staff) and ken (sword) exercises for aikido students.

My paintings, drawings, photos and video art.

My writing - fiction as well as non-fiction.

What the Greek philosophers thought about the cosmos, the gods and the myths.

Myth, its psychology and archetypes.

Essays on various intriguing topics.

My blog with random thoughts.

My bio.

My Other Websites

Myths in general and myths of creation in particular.

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

An encyclopedia of life energy concepts around the world.

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

The ancient Chinese system of divination and free online reading.

Tarot card meanings in divination and a free online spread.

The complete horoscope and how to read it.

Zodiac sign astrology, explaining each sign and its meaning.

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.

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

About me
I'm a Swedish writer 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.