Aikido Bio

Clips from my 45 years in aikido so far (2017).

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.

Starting in Järfälla

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.

       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

A new club in Brandbergen

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.

       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.

Moving to Malmö

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 100 years jubilee. I am still at the same dojo.

       Here is the website of the Enighet Aikido. And here we are on Facebook

       Since the 1960s, 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, and Endo.

       Nishio sensei held annual seminar at the Enighet dojo for some years in the 1990s. 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, Slovakia, and Ukraine. An updated calendar of my seminars in Sweden and abroad can be found here: My aikido seminars.

Iaido, the sword art. Recorded at my dojo Enighet in 2004.

Aikido books

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.

Federation work

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 1980s and 90s, sometimes as its Chairman, and in the board of the Swedish Budo & Martial Arts Federation, where I was the President between 2009 and 2016. 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 1990s, later a member of its Directing Committee, and its Vice Chairman 2008 — 2012.

Still mesmerized

I'm still mesmerized by the intriguing art of aikido and the endless path it presents. There is always something more to discover. Not to mention how much fun it is to throw people around in all friendliness.

Stefan Stenudd

My Aikido Books

Click the images to see the books at Amazon (paid link).
Aikido Principles. Book by Stefan Stenudd. Aikido Principles
Basic Concepts of the Peaceful Martial Art. The basic principles, philosophy and traditional budo concepts in aikido.
More about the book here.

Attacks in Aikido, by Stefan Stenudd. Attacks in Aikido
How to do kogeki, the attack techniques. All the attack techniques in aikido explained, and how to do them correctly.
More about the book here.

Aikibatto, by Stefan Stenudd. Aikibatto
Aikiken Sword Exercises for Aikido. The aikibatto exercises, practical and spiritual aspects of the sword arts, advice on equipment for training.
More about the book here.

Aikido Menu

Aikido Menu


Aikido Techniques — all the basic moves
Attacks in Aikido
Ikkyo Complete
Suwari kokyuho
Tantodori — knife defense
Aikiken — aikido sword techniques
Jo 31 Kata in four directions
Aikibatto sword and staff exercises
Aiki — joining energies
Ki exercises
Aikido Video Clips
Aikido Photos
My aikido dojo in Malmö, Sweden
My aikido seminars


My Aikido Bio
Aikido Glossary
Tanden, the Center
Aikido Inks
Aikido as Self-Defense
Running a Dojo
Aikido is True
Osensei and Einstein
AikiWeb Columns
Aikido Books Reviewed
Die deutsche Version meines Aikido-Buches online
Aikido på svenska

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Myths in general and myths of creation in particular.

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

An encyclopedia of life energy concepts around the world.

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

The ancient Chinese system of divination and free online reading.

Tarot card meanings in divination and a free online spread.

The complete horoscope chart and how to read it.








Stefan Stenudd

Stefan Stenudd

About me
I'm a Swedish author of fiction and non-fiction books in both English and Swedish. I'm also an artist, a historian of ideas, and a 7 dan Aikikai Shihan aikido instructor. Click the header to read my full bio.