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Japanese Martial Art in Berlin

By MAX SEINSCH, Aikidō-Teacher and Japanologist

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Aikidō is a Japanese martial art that does not rely on direct confrontation. Rather, it is intended by exact dodging and blending with an attacker's movement to neutralize his attack, to destabilize him and to direct his own energy and strength against him. Because the attacker is ideally not injured, Aikidō is sometimes called "non-violent self-defense". 

In addition to the physiological benefits of its dynamic training Aikidō claims to promote both physical and mental endurance, flexibility and empathy. The required self-discipline and self-confidence arising therefrom lead to outer and inner balance, mutual respect and a sensitivity for other people's feelings much needed for peaceful co-existence. 

Thus Aikidō pursues the goal to develop and to maintain a healthy mind in a healthy body, which is why you do not talk of "martial sports", but of "martial arts".

(Author: Max Seinsch)


Sad news:

We received a notice from our landlord that our contract will be cancelled, meaning that we can only train in our current rooms until the end of March 2020. We are already looking for new premises (as subtenant or main tenant), so that our training can continue seamlessly in April. We would be very grateful for any support.

  • 7th of Jan. 2020 (Tue): Start of all classes in the new year
  • 7th of December (Sat): Congratulations to 10 new 9th kyû (Youth), one 4th kyû, one 3rd kyû and one 2nd kyû for passing their gradings. Good job!
  • 16th of November (Sat.): Congratulations to the 18 new dan-grades of the German Aikido Federation.
  • 23rd of October (Wed.): Start of Winter term Free University sports program's Aikidô course.

Aikidōkan Berlin

Uhlandstr. 137

10717 Berlin-Wilmersdorf

Mobile: +49 (0) 176 3218 5498

Email: mseinsch(at)