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Stefan Stenudd.

My Aikido Life So Far

I started to train 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 more than 10-15. Luckily, several of them were in the Stockholm area, where I lived.

Seated and standing aikido techniques, from a seminar in the Czech Republic.

       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.

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       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, and I started to throw people without touching them, and so on. You know the Japanese saying: Three years on a stone...

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       By 1977 I had moved to another Stockholm suburb, Brandbergen, and started an aikido dojo there - at first as a little section of the local football club, then as a club of its own. 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. I am still there. Here is the website of the Enighet Aikido. The Brandbergen Aikido Club is still active, and so is Järfälla Aikido Club, where I once started.
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       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 traing 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.

       Presently, I have the rank of 7 dan Aikikai Shihan, and 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.

Stefan Stenudd.
       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.
Stefan Stenudd.
       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 a few years. 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 aikido, have an aikido satori now and then, but always come back to preferring to throw people by touching them.

Stefan Stenudd

Photos by Frank Weingärtner
from a Berlin seminar 2005.

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.

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), what it is and exercises to increase it.

An encyclopedia of life energy concepts around the world.

The wisdom of Taoism and its classic text Tao Te Ching.

The complete horoscope and how to read it.

Zodiac sign astrology, explaining each sign and its meaning.

The ancient Chinese system of divination explained.

My Facebook page.

My Twitter account.

My YouTube account with aikido videos.

My YouTube account Aravadia, with art videos and poetry.

My Swedish website.

From My Blog

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.