On Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 October we organise a seminar with Jelena Vrzić sensei, 5th dan. She started practising aikido in 1979 in Belgrade, Serbia. She was the first woman to receive shodan in the former Yugoslavia. Now, after more than 30 years of continuous and dedicated training, she will be giving a seminar for the second time in the Netherlands.
Teachers and colleagues who inspire her are Stanojević sensei, Tada sensei, Fujimoto sensei, Hosokawa sensei, Ikeda sensei, Zucco sensei and Quaranta sensei. Characteristic in her trainings is breathing, jo and aiawase. Reservation is recommended, poster.
On 11th and 15th of August David Tesselaar has led the trainings as guest teacher. He is dojocho of Yuki Mizu Kumo, a befriended group in Amsterdam. He himself trains with Domenico Zucco sensei, 6th dan, and Hiroshi Tada sensei, 9th dan. In the trainings also some basics for the 38 jo kata were practised.
On the 21st and 22nd of May some of us were at the jubilee seminar of Ecole d’Aïkido de Neuchâtel. We are good friends with this group from Switzerland which is guided by Eric Graf. Also our teacher Sander van Geloven was one of the international guest teachers to lead a training.
Like every year, also this year was a members’ day in the month of May. On a sunny Sunday afternoon of the 8th, we practised outdoor the first kata of Ikeda sensei. After having done an intensive training we closed the members’ day with a healthy barbecue.
Jelena Vrzić, 5th dan from Belgrade, Serbia, had invited at the end of April aikidoka from the Netherlands, e.g. from our group Sanshinkai Aikido Utrecht and Yuki Mizu Kumo. We were welcomed with enormous hospitality and have participated with great pleasure in the seminar of Domenico Zucco, 6th dan from Italy.