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Welcome at Sanshinkai Aikido Utrecht. We are an aikido club with a diverse and exciting training programme. Aikido is suitable for everyone: men and women, young and old, with or without sporting experience. Want to know more about aikido? Please see here for more information.

Sanshinkai Aikido Utrecht is known for its open and safe environment. Our trainings are conducted in a positive and constructive atmosphere. Curious about our members? Meet some of us here or come and meet us in person! Interested? Please contact us and discover aikido during a free trial lesson!

(Nederlands) Ledeninterview met Hans

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naam Hans
geboortejaar 1978
opgegroeid in Sprang-Capelle
aikido sinds december 2014
graad 4e kyu

portretfotoWat vind je mooi of inspirerend aan aikido?

Wat me in het begin aantrok in aikido zijn de vloeiende en harmonieuze bewegingen van de mensen die het beoefenen. Eigenlijk is dat niet veranderd, maar aikido heeft voor mij wel veel meer diepgang gekregen in de afgelopen jaren. Bij het nastreven van deze harmonie in de beoefening is het van belang dat je je diepste “ik” in het reine brengt met zichzelf en met de wereld om zich heen. Dat vind ik zo mooi aan de symboliek achter de serie ademhalingsoefeningen waarmee we elke training beginnen.

Wat is je favoriete techniek en waarom?

Genkeikokyunage. Voor mij is dit een techniek waarin openheid, mededogen en daadkracht zijn verenigd. Dat zijn persoonskenmerken die ik erg hoog in het vaandel draag, maar waarin ik persoonlijk nog veel te leren heb.

actiefotoHoe pas jij aikido toe in het dagelijks leven?

Aikido geeft me steeds meer het vermogen om met weerstand om te gaan. Voor mij ligt momenteel de nadruk op het ruimte geven en in goede banen leiden van mijn innerlijke onrust. Als ik zelf meer rust heb, heeft dat een positieve uitwerking op de wereld om mij heen.

Wat doe je in je dagelijks leven?

Ik werk op het Bedrijfsbureau Arbeidsintegratie van UW. Team Arbeidsintegratie houdt zich bezig met het opleiden, detacheren en bemiddelen van mensen met een arbeidsbeperking of grote afstand tot de arbeidsmarkt. Denk hierbij aan mensen uit de sociale werkvoorziening, Wajong’ers en mensen die al een tijdje in de bijstand zitten.

actiefotoWat maakt je aan het lachen?

Mijn katten Zara en Kamille maken mij dagelijks aan het lachen. Malle beesten zijn het. Verder vind ik het heerlijk om met vrienden en collega’s tijdens gesprekken te verzanden in absurditeiten. Ik houd ook erg van Engelse humor, zoals de sketches van het duo Mitchell and Webb.

Wat is je favoriete citaat?

“[T]he thoughts that I have in my head that make me feel the most lonely, […] are also the thoughts that have the potential to make me feel the most connected.” Ze Frank, Thinks Like Me.

Wat moeten we verder over je weten?

Ik maak en bewerk graag foto’s. Schaamteloze zelfpromotie: instagram.com/thenightsdisguise.

Seminar Eric Graf, 27-29 October

Eric Graf sensei holds 5th dan aikikai aikido and is a student of Michele Quaranta sensei and Masatomi Ikeda sensei. He currently practices aikido full-time, manages three dojo in Switzerland, writes books on aikido and gives seminars in Switzerland, Serbia, the Netherlands and occasionally in other countries. Eric will be giving a seminar for the eight time at Sanshinkai Aikido Utrecht on 27-29 October 2017. The poster can be downloaded as PDF and PNG. See also Facebook and register now.

Training with Jelena Vrzić, 7 and 8 June

As of Saturday June 3rd up and until Sunday June 11th, Jelena Vrzić sensei will be hosting again several guest trainings in the Netherlands, amongst others also at Sanshinkai Aikido Utrecht. Vrzić is from Serbia and holds the rank of 6th dan and is a student of Tada sensei, 9th dan. Her trainings are exceptionally inspiring, with returning focus on flow, placement and relaxation. The theme is this time kaeshi waza.

The training sessions at Sanshinkai Aikido Utrecht are scheduled on Wednesday, June 7th and Thursday, June 8th and admission is open for everybody. The trainings start at 19:30 and last until 21:15 on both Monday and Thursday. Admission is € 12.50 for a single training and € 20.00 for two trainings. For a complete overview of Jelena’s trainings in the Netherlands, discounts and a combination ticket, please look at the (on 30st of May updated) poster below.

Free parking on the grounds at Tamboersdijk 9 and the dojo is also quite easily reached by public transport. Kindly pay your trainings cash on arrival at the desk, and make sure to arrive well in advance.

Sander promoted to aikido teacher level 3

On May 13th 2017, Sander has completed his education at Aikido Nederland for aikido teacher with a practical exam. He is now a by the NOC*NSF governmental recognised aikido teacher level 3. During his education he followed many practical and theoretical lessons at Sportcentrum Papendal, gave trainings in Amsterdam in the Sho Shin Aikido Dojo of Paul Jansen and in his own dojo he organised several activities such as seminars, kyu exams, guest trainings and development for assistants. Sander, congratulations!

Jan passes practical exam aikido teacher level 2

On March 11th 2017, Jan finished his training at Aikido Nederland by passing his practical exam. He is now a by the NOC*NSF governmental recognised assistant aikido teacher level 2. During this training at Sportcentrum Papendal he followed many practical and theoretical lessons, e.g. didactic, anatomy & physiology, aikido history, injury prevention, kyu degrees, First Aid for Sports and children and youth aikido. Furthermore he got lessons in: How to make a teaching plan? What are the different learning styles? How to give and receive feedback? And, more important, how do you as a teacher make sure the training is safe? Jan, congratulations!

Photograph: Jacob Uythoven

Seminar Eric Graf, 21-23 April

Eric Graf sensei holds 5th dan aikikai aikido and is a student of Michele Quaranta sensei and Masatomi Ikeda sensei. He currently practices aikido full-time, manages three dojo in Switzerland, writes books on aikido and gives seminars in Switzerland, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Serbia and the Netherlands. Eric will be giving a seminar for the seventh time at Sanshinkai Aikido Utrecht on 21-23 April 2017. The poster can be downloaded as PDF and PNG. See also Facebook and register now.