Eric Graf sensei receives fifth dan

Eric Graf sensei has received his fifth dan in Aikikai Aikido. The Swiss national (39) is a student of Michele Quaranta sensei and Masatomi Ikeda sensei. Graf is a full-time aikido teacher, manages two dojo, writes books on aikido and gives seminars in Switzerland, Bulgaria, Serbia, Netherlands and other countries. Hereby, Sanshinkai Aikido Utrecht congratulates him!

Also we would like to congratulate Paul Janssen sensei (Sho Shin Aikido Dojo, Amsterdam), Niek Remkes (Amsterdam) and Joe McHugh sensei (Ireland) for receiving their fifth dan. the promotions were announced during the Kagami Biraki ceremony on the 8th of January 2017 in the Aikikai Hombu Dojo in Tokyo. The picture above is from the Aikikai Foundation. Their article with the complete list of promotions in 2016 can be found here.

Annemiek passed shodan exam

On Saturday 10th of December 2016, Annemiek has recieved her shodan rank after an intensive preparation period. The exam took place during the winter seminar in Neuchâtel, Switzerland. The seminar and exam were led by Eric Graf and Sander van Geloven. Sanshinkai Aikido Utrecht congratulates Annemiek and wishes her lots of joy in the further practice of aikido.

Declared 3rd dan

Declaring 3rd danOn Saturday 26 November, Michele Quaranta declared Sander van Geloven 3rd dan aikikai aikido. The examination was in the system of Ikeda sensei, took place during the summer school beginning of August and has been approved by Aikikai Hombu Dojo in September. Sander has also obtained the title of Fukushidoin.