My Aikido bio
I started Aikido around 1993 in Vienna and passed my exam for Shodan (1st Dan = black belt) under the supervision of Tamura Shihan in 1998. Further Dan exams followed with Tamura Nobuyoshi Shihan and in 2011 I passed my exam for Yondan (4th Dan) under the supervision of Yamada Yoshimitsu Shihan.
I had the great privilege to train with Tamura Nobuyoshi Shihan – a direct student of O Sensei – at many occasions in Austria and abroad until he passed away in 2010. I have benefitted enormously from many other teachers and would like to particularly mention: Yamada Yoshimitsu, Stephane Benedetti, Suga Toshiro, Malcolm Tiki Shewan, Jaff Raji, Claude Pellerin, Nebi Vural, Manfred Ogris, Günther Steger and I am especially grateful to Frank Koren.
I served on the council of the Austrian Aikido Federation (Austrian Aikido Alliance) and several Aikido clubs in Vienna and Graz in various roles and was an elected member of the Technical Committee of the Austrian Aikido Federation March 2007 – October 2011.
I was very happy to run a small Aikido class that was also informed by my experience of the Alexander Technique during my time at the Imperial Wharf centre in London. At the centre I also offered a workshop on ‘Aikido and the Alexander Technique’ together with my colleague Tim Soar in September 2017.