Training with Jelena Vrzić sensei, 6th dan

201602-jelena (1) On 15 and 18 February, 19.30-21.30, we organise a training with Jelena Vrzić sensei, 6th dan, the first woman to receive shodan in the former Republic of Yugoslavia.

Her classes in February will be characterised by a strong emphasis on the dialogue between uke and tori. She will look for input from all to inspire her own aikido and to work towards technical improvement of all attendees. With her experience of over 30 years of aikido, her focus on technical souplesse and her kind and inspirational words for everyone, from beginner to advanced, she is a cherished and welcome guest.

The training with Jelena Vrzić sensei is open to all. Admission fee at the door: € 7.50 (cash only). Please arrive in time.

Please note that Jelena will be visiting various dojos in the Netherlands; for more information, please check the attached poster.

Start 2016 with aikido

Special offer — one-off trial month or a package of 9 consecutive Aikido lessons, without paying membership fee, for only € 35,-. Students pay € 26,25 and holders of U-pas pay only € 17,50 for this introduction.

Seminar Eric Graf, 20-22 November

Eric Graf sensei holds 4th 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 fourth time at Sanshinkai Aikido Utrecht on 20-22 November 2015. See also Facebook and Google+ and reserve now.

Training with Jelena Vrzić, 6th dan

Jelena Vrzić, 6e danOn Thursday 28 May, 7.30-9.30 pm, we organise a training with Jelena Vrzić sensei, the first woman to receive shodan in the former Republic of Yugoslavia. Her classes are characterised by a strong emphasis on breathing techniques, aiawase and working with jo and bokken. With her experience of over 30 years of aikido, her focus on technical souplesse and her kind and inspirational words for everyone, from beginner to advanced aikido, she is a cherished and very welcome guest at our club.

The training with Jelena Vrzić sensei is open to all. Admission fee: € 5.00. Please pay at the door (cash only) and arrive in time (7.15 pm).

Member interview with Tereza

name Tereza
year of birth 1993
gruw up in Ostrava, Czech Republic
aikido since 2009
rank 3rd kyu

foto-interview-tw1What do you find beautiful or inspiring about aikido?

The beautiful thing about aikido are the people. The most inspiring thing for aikido itself is the philosophical aspect; there is no competition and the only opponent aikidoka can have is himself or herself.

What is your favourite technique and why?

I like techniques starting with katadori men uchi and ushiro ryote tori. When techniques are complicated or have many small steps inside, I like them the most. My concentration increases a lot and I find it more fun to do.

How do you apply aikido in your daily life?

I use breathing exercises to calm down while being stressed. After five years of aikido, I can see how it has helped me in many ways, it also changed my personality a bit.

What do you do in daily life?

When I am not at the university studying, doing all sorts of sport activities. I like to watch series and movies and to read books.

What makes you laugh?

Almost everything, except stupidity.

What is your favourite quote?

I do not have any, to be honest.

What else should we know about you?

I grew up in the Czech Republic, in an industrial city called Ostrava. This place is said to be not that nice, but I find it the opposite. It depends on where people wonder around there. I started aikido when I was sixteen, that makes it five years ago. It was quite a coincidence. I saw poster in a tram, made note on my telephone with an alarm for the date of the introduction lesson. Later I forgot about it until the alarm went off. Then I went and after only seeing it I though: “That’s wierd, I wanna try it!”