Aikido Berlin Mitte

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Welcome to the web-page of Aikido Berlin Mitte, an Aikikai Aikido school in north-central Berlin, Germany. We follow the teachings of the Founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei, as passed on by his direct student T. K. Chiba Shihan. We are members of Birankai Germany and, through Birankai Germany, we are linked to the World Headquarters of Aikido, Hombu Dojo, in Tokyo, Japan.

There will be no training on Fri. 1 Nov. 2019. Classes resume as normal on Tue. 5 Nov. 2019.

About Aikido
About Us
Schedule and Location
Events and Courses
Contact

About Aikido

Aikido is a modern martial art with classical origins, which began to be taught in Japan in the middle of the twentieth century by Morihei Ueshiba (1883–1969), who is referred to by Aikido practitioners as Ō-Sensei (great teacher). O-Sensei overcame ill health in his youth to become a powerful martial artist who mastered many martial arts, including Jiu Jitsu, sword, and spear, as well as following an intense spiritual practice, before arriving at his own martial way, Aikidō, which literally means “the way of harmonisation of energy”.

合 — AI — join, unite, combine
気 — KI — spirit, energy, breath
道 — DŌ — way, path, road

Aikido uses throwing techniques...

Aikido uses throwing techniques...

On a practical or technical level, Aikido is characterised by using an attacker's energy and momentum to safely neutralise an attack, most often finishing with a pinning immobilisation or a throw. Counter-strikes (atemi) to disturb the attacker's balance and take the initiative also play an important role. Aikido also places a strong emphasis on learning to safely receive these pinning and throwing techniques, e.g. through rolls and breakfalls, the art of ukemi. Falling safely is a skill that can come in handy at any moment in daily life!

... and pinning techniques...

... and pinning techniques...

On a slightly more philosophical level, Aikido is also concerned with the personal development of the student, especially within the context of a mutual relationship between teacher and student or between training partners. Everyone learns from one another and grows through Aikido practice.

... and the more you practice, the more intense (and fun!) it gets!

... and the more you practice, the more intense (and fun!) it gets!

However, this is not a theoretical exercise! One partner must give an honest attack and the other must use technique to resolve that attack with minimum harm to both parties — and then they exchange roles. This is concrete, physical practice in reconciling opposing forces. The Founder of Aikido believed that Aikido was a way to heal the world. In the years just after the Second World War, this was not just sentimentality or a dream, but a real imperative for the future.

About Us

Background

We follow the teachings of the Founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei, as passed on by his direct student T. K. Chiba Shihan (1940–2015). Aikido Berln Mitte is a member of Birankai Germany and, through Birankai Germany, we are linked to the World Headquarters of Aikido, Hombu Dojo, in Tokyo, Japan. Birankai is an international family of the students of Chiba Sensei.

Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei (left) and T K. Chiba Shihan (right)

Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei (left) and T K. Chiba Shihan (right)

Chiba Sensei emphasised an integrated approach to Aikido practice both without and with weapons. Therefore, our practice includes a well-developed syllabus with the bokken (wooden sword) and (short staff/spear). We also practice Iai-Batto-Ho, derived from classical Iaido, the martial art of drawing the katana (the long sword of the Japanese samurai).

Aikido practice with the jo (short staff/spear)

Aikido practice with the jo (short staff/spear)

Instructor: Tim Sullivan, 2nd Dan Fukushidoin

Tim began his study of Aikido at Warwick University in England in 2000 under his teacher Chris Mooney, 7th Dan Shihan. Mooney Sensei is a student of the Japanese master T. K. Chiba (8th Dan Shihan), who was in turn a direct student (uchi deshi) of Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei, the Founder of Aikido. Tim practised for many years at Ei Mei Kan, the dojo of Mooney Sensei, and also in the dojos of Robert Zimmermann (7th Dan Shihan, Toronto) and Jack Arnold (7th Dan Shihan, Los Angeles). He received his Shodan (black belt) in 2008 and his Nidan (second degree black belt) in 2013; in 2016 he was awarded the title of Fukushidoin (assistant instructor).

Barbara Imboden (6th Dan Shidoin, Bern, Switzerland), Chris Mooney (7th Dan Shihan, Birmingham, UK), and Tim Sullivan (2nd Dan Fukushidoin, Berlin, Germany)

Barbara Imboden (6th Dan Shidoin, Bern, Switzerland), Chris Mooney (7th Dan Shihan, Birmingham, UK), and Tim Sullivan (2nd Dan Fukushidoin, Berlin, Germany)

Since 2004 Tim has also practised Iai Batto Ho, the martial art of drawing the Japanese sword (katana). He has also practised Yang-style Tai-Ji Quan and Kung Fu.

Founding Instructor: Christian Morgenstern, 4th Dan Shidoin

Christian came into contact with Aikido for the first time in 1998 at university. Thanks to his passionate teachers at that time, this complex martial art fascinated him so much that he has practised ever since. In 2003, he moved to Philadelphia, PA, where he was able to deepen his knowledge of ukemi with Donovan Waite (7th Dan Shihan) at Aikido of Center City. He spent every weekend at this time training with Y. Yamada (8th Dan Shihan) at New York Aikikai. After that, he had the great fortune to train with Mitsunari Kanai (8th Dan Shihan) at the New England Aikikai in Boston, MA, which was one of his most distinctive personal and technical Aikido experiences. His life then took him to Barcelona,​where he trained with Michelle Feilen (6th Dan Shidoin) and Francisco Manchón (6th Dan Shidoin), two direct disciples of Yamada Sensei in the Asociación Cultural Feilén. He has learned a lot from both of them and is now one of their esteemed friends. Since 2004, Christian has followed T. Miyamoto Shihan (8th Dan) from Tokyo, Japan around the world. Miyamoto Sensei has exerted a great technical influence on him. Christian's dan grade was conferred on him by Y. Yamada Sensei.

Christian Morgenstern taking ukemi for T. Miyamoto Shihan in Poland in 2016

Christian Morgenstern taking ukemi for T. Miyamoto Shihan in Poland in 2016

Inspired by Kanai Sensei's powerful, judicious Aikido, Christian began parallel training both in Judo and in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) with Robin Gracie in Barcelona. In 2012 he received his faixa preta (black belt) in BJJ. He has also expanded his cross-training with Western boxing.

After Christian left Berlin in 2016, he left Aikido Berlin Mitte in the care of its present instructor, Tim Sullivan. We are always grateful for the years of hard work that Christian devoted to Aikido Berlin Mitte.

Schedule and Location

Beginners and advanced students are always welcome, and the first class is always free! Our regular practice times are as follows:

  • Tuesdays, 19:30 to 21:00, Aikido
  • Tuesdays, 21:00 to 21:30, Iai-Batto-Ho
  • Fridays, 18:00 to 19:30, Aikido
  • Private lessons by appointment

We also have many short courses or full-weekend events. For up-to-the-minute information, you can follow us on Facebook or send us an email at .

Aikido Berlin Mitte Autumn Course 2016 with Michelle Feilen (6th Dan Shidoin, Barcelona, Spain)

Aikido Berlin Mitte Autumn Course 2016 with Michelle Feilen (6th Dan Shidoin, Barcelona, Spain)

Classes take place at:

IMAG e.V.
in den Osramhöfen
Haus A 10
Groninger Straße 27
13347 Berlin

Find us on Google Maps or plan your travel with Berlin public transport (BVG).

The U-Bahn station Nauener Platz U9 247 327 N9 and the tram stop Osram-Höfe M13 50 are both five minutes' walk away.

Events and Courses

For up-to-date information about events relating to Aikido Berlin Mitte please see either our Facebook page or the events page of Birankai Germany.

Upcoming Events

28–29 March 2020
Birankai Germany Aikido Course 2020 in Landau with Chris Mooney, 7th Dan Shihan, and Birankai Shidoin and Fukushidoin
Click here for poster and information

Past Events

13–17 July 2019
Birankai Europe Summer Camp 2019 in Wrocław, Poland
1–3 February 2019
Aikido Seminar with Aikido Course with Robert Savoca Shidoin 6th Dan Shidoin in Wrocław
1–2 February 2019
Aikido Course with Chris Mooney 7th Dan Shihan in Linz (01.02.2019) and Wels (02.02.2019), Austria
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3–4 November 2018
Birankai Poland Aikido Seminar with Etsuji Horii 7th Dan Shihan in Wrocław
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21–25 July 2018
Birankai Europe Summer Camp 2018 in Landau in der Pfalz, Germany
22–24 June 2018
Aikido Course with Chris Mooney (7th Dan Shihan, Birmingham, UK) at Sakura Dojo, Bern, Switzerland
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13–15 April 2018
Aikido Course with Jenny Flower (6th Dan Shidoin, Athens, Greece) at Wrocław Aikikai
23–25 March 2018
Aikido Berlin Mitte Spring Course with Chris Mooney Sensei (7th Dan Shihan, Birmingham, UK)
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17 February 2018
30th Anniversary Seminar of Warwick Aikido, University of Warwick, UK, with C. Mooney Shihan, I. Grubb Shidoin, D. Cope Sensei, T. Tam Sensei, T. Sullivan Fukushidoin, and G. Mizzi Sensei
15–21 July 2017
Birankai in Europe Summer Camp with Etsuji Horii Sensei (7th Dan Shihan, Kobe, Japan) and Birankai Shihans
Further information at www.birankai.de/camp
24–25 September 2016
Aikido Berlin Mitte Autumn Course with Michelle Feilen Sensei (6th Dan Shidoin, Barcelona, Spain)
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25–27 April 2016
Aikido Berlin Mitte Spring Course with Piotr Masztalerz Sensei (6th Dan Shidoin, Wrocław, Poland)
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Contact

If you have questions, then please send us an email at .

You can also contact us, or get up-to-the-minute information, by following us on Facebook.

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