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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.