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

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 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?

     Apart from this website I have written some books about aikido and such:

Aikido Principles

Attacks in Aikido

Aikibatto: Sword Exercises for Aikido Students

Qi: Increase your Life Energy

Stefan Stenudd

Contents


koshinage

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

Ikkyo
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

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 videos

Aikido Video Clips

kotegaeshi
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
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.

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.


OMOTE - kesagiri.

Aikibatto

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.

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.


Attacks in Aikido - the book by Stefan Stenudd.

Attacks in Aikido
- the Book

How to do kogeki,
the attack techniques

My book about all the attack techniques in aikido, and how to do them cor­rectly. The book also con­tains lists of the techniques and attack forms of aikido combined.
More about the book here.


Koshinage

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


Yonkyo

Yonkyo

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


Aikido Principles - book by Stefan Stenudd.

Aikido Principles
- the Book

Basic Concepts of the Peaceful Martial Art
Here is my aikido book in English, presenting the principles, philosophy, and basic concepts of aikido.
More about the book here.


Kotegaeshi

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


nikyo

Nikyo

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.


Aikibatto - the book.

Aikibatto - the Book

In addition to what you find about aikibatto on this website, the book also contains chap­ters about practical and spiritual aspects of the sword arts, equip­ment for training, and how to teach and learn aikibatto.
More about the book here.


sankyo

Sankyo

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.


Kokyunage.

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.


Dojo.

Running an Aikido Dojo

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


AikiWeb.com

AikiWeb Columns

My columns at AikiWeb, a great aikido website.


Aikido photo album

Aikido Photo Album

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. Originally, I wrote this article as a chron­icle for a Swedish Martial Arts magazine, then I translated it for the Aikikai Hombu dojo leaflet The Aikido. It compares some aspects of aikido with those laws of gravity revealed by Einstein.


Aikido books

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. The foreword to my book on the aikido basics and principles.


Aikido - die friedliche kampfkunst.

Aikido - die friedliche Kampfkunst

German
I wrote my first book on aikido in Swedish, which was translated into German by Sabine Neumann. Here you find the complete German translation of the book, page by page, both as regular webpages, and as an Acrobat PDF file. There is also an English version of the book, as mentioned above.


Stefan Stenudd

About Me

A short Aikido biography of yours truly.


My Aikido Seminars

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


Aikido Links

A personal selection of Aikido links. It's not a big list at all, but I hope that you find these links of interest. I do.


Visitor Response

Express your own views. Please let me know what you feel or think about some or all of what you have found here.


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.