About Aikido


The Origin

Studying former Japanese martial arts (i.e. Jiu-Jitsu and sword fighting) Morihei Ueshiba o-sensei (1883-1969) developed a complete new system of weaponless self-defense :Aikido.

A way (do) to harmonize (ai) the body with spiritual powers (ki).

Aikido does not include any competition. An attack will be transformed into circular or spiral motion breaking the balance of the opponent. The energy of an attack will not be blocked, but directed back against the attacker.



Tendoryu Aikido

Kenji Shimizu (清水 健二) is the founder of the Aikido style Tendoryu.  Shimizu sensei was born in 1940 in Fukuoka, Japan. He is one of the last personal students of the aikido founder Morihei Ueshiba.

After o-sensei died in 1969, Shimizu sensei, then with a 7th dan in aikido, founded his own school in Tokyo named Tendoryu (School of the Way of Heaven). 

Tendoryu Aikido is characterized by its large and clear movements, emphasizing naturalness and harmonic flow of motion.

Since 1978, Shimizu sensei has regularly held seminars in Germany and other European countries after the formation of the German Tendoryu Society in 1993.

He received the 8th dan aikido from the Japanese Budo Federation in 1998. And in 2002, he received the Foreign Minister award for his effort to promote aikido abroad




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