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The Swedish anniversary Aikido event - Gothenburg International Shochugeiko & 50 years of Aikido - has just started today. It is a time of joy celebrated in two intensive weeks of Takemusu Aikido, during July 2–7 and July 9–13. Gothenburg Aikido Club organizes every summer a session of trainings at the warmest time of the year, but now there is an extra celebration due to the fact that Ulf Evenås Shihan, who has been the supervisor of Gothenburg Aikido Club, marks his 50th year in Aikido.

Ulf Evenas

Photo credit: Stefan Socaciu (Ciorchin)

Gothenburg Aikido Club started as a small group in the late 1960’s, under the leadership of Carl Hansson (1910–1996). In 1969, Iwama Takemusu Aikido was introduced by Takeji Tomita Sensei and in 1972 Gothenburg Aikido Club opened its own dojo. With almost half a century of experience in Iwama Aikido, Gothenburg Aikido Club is the oldest existing Iwama “style” dojo outside Japan.

During this first week (July 2–7) Ulf Sensei, assisted by Dan Borg Sensei, will teach for six days. There will be four classes a day and two parties: the Welcome Party after the last class today and the Celebration Party on Saturday, when the participants will cook something from their home country.
During the second week (July 9-13), the program includes four classes a day and also two parties: a Welcome one on Monday and a Celebration one on Friday. The registration for the second week is open until this Thursday, the 5th of July. Ulf Sensei together with three of his top instructors in Gothenburg Aikido Club, headed by Dan Borg Sensei, and three specially invited teachers, will teach for five days.

Ulf Evenås 7 Dan Aikikai Shihan
Ulf Sensei started Aikido in 1968 and Iwama Takemusu Aiki in 1969. He became an uchi-deshi for the first time in Iwama, for six months, under Morihiro Saito Shihan in 1973, followed by many more visits to Iwama and seminars. Ulf Sensei stayed as a close and loyal student of Morihiro Saito Shihan for almost three decades. Saito Sensei appointed him as Shihan and his personal representative in 1992. Ulf Sensei also has full teacher certification (mokuroku) in ken and jo and the authorization to give ranks. Ulf Evenås received the Aikikai Shihan title in 2007 and the 7th Dan in 2008 by Aikikai Doshu Moriteru Ueshiha. Also, he received the highest decoration in Swedish Sports – the Swedish Sports Confederations Merit in Gold, in 2015. He received an award from the Russian Union of Martial Arts for “high activity level and great personal contribution in the development of the martial arts in Russia” (2016), the Swedish Budo & Martial Federations highest medal (2010) and the “Traditional Martial Artist of the year” award (2014). Ulf Sensei also received an award from the Romanian Government “for the development of Aikido” in 2016 and in 2017 an Honorary Diploma from the Romanian Aikikai Aikido Foundation. Ulf Evenås serves as the International Aikido Federations representing Shihan, instructor and demonstrator in major events such as IAF’s Congress and World Combat Games. Ulf Sensei is a co-founder of Gothenburg Aikido Club, where he currently is the head instructor. He is also a member of the Swedish Aikikai Grading Committee. Ulf Evenås has been teaching close to 800 seminars in more than 25 countries worldwide.

Sweden 3 Shochugeiko

Dan Borg 6 Dan Aikikai Shidoin
Dan Sensei started training Aikido at Gothenburg Aikido Club and became student of Ulf Evenås Shihan in 1980. He went to Shibu Dojo in Iwama to study as an uchi-deshi directly under Morihiro Saito Shihan in 1991. Dan Sensei started teaching at Gothenburg Aikido Club in 1990 and is currently the assistant head instructor under Ulf Evenås Shihan. He is the chairman of the club and has been teaching seminars in Sweden, Lithuania and Germany.

Sweden Shochugeiko Borg

Günter Annby 5 Dan Aikikai Shidoin
Günter Sensei has been a close student of Ulf Evenås Shihan for almost 30 years. He is a senior instructor and a board member at Gothenburg Aikido Club and has been teaching Aikido there for more than 20 years.

Sweden Shochugeiko Annby

Marijan Sprem 5 Dan Aikikai Shidoin
In 1993, Marijan Sprem started training at Gothenburg Aikido Club under Ulf Evenås Shihan. He was an uchi-deshi in Shibu Dojo, Iwama in 1999. Today he is an instructor at Gothenburg Aikido Club, where he also is a board member. For many years, he has assisted Ulf Evenås Shihan on seminars in Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Russia, Hungary and Romania.

Sweden Shochugeiko Sprem

Keith Olen Barger 6 Dan Aikikai Shidoin
Keith Olen started training Aikido in 1973 at Budo School, Budokan in Copenhagen. In 1975 he was one of the founders of Copenhagen Aikido Club, the first and for many years the biggest Aikido Club in Denmark. Since 2008, he has been the President of Danish Aikido Federation. Keith Sensei has been in close contact with Gothenburg Aikido Club since 1973 and he moved to Gothenburg in the late 70s to train under Ulf Evenås Shihan. In 1983, Ulf Sensei recommended that Keith should go to Iwama and become an uchi-deshi under Morihiro Saito Shihan, which had happened. For 45 years, Keith has been training and instructing Takemusu Aikido centered on basic training. His teaching is based on the knowledge about and understanding of Aikido he has gained through over four decades with focus on joy and respect for Aikido.

Sweden Shochugeiko Barger

Oleg Yakimov 6 Dan Aikikai Shidoin
Oleg Sensei started Takemusu Aikido in St. Petersburg (Leningrad) in 1989, after a successful career as professional swimmer in the national team. He became a student of Ulf Evenås Shihan in 1992 and invited him to Russia first time in 1993, followed by about 80 more invitations. He has been an uchi-deshi in Gothenburg under Ulf Evenås Shihan many times and also an uchi-deshi in Iwama under Morihiro Saito Shihan. He is currently teaching in his own club in St. Petersburg and frequently teaches seminars all over Russia, Georgia and Belorussia. Oleg is the co-founder and President of Takemusu Aikido Russia and he is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Russian National Aikido Board.

Sweden Shochugeiko Yakimov

Rudolf Preuss 6 Dan Aikikai Shidoin
Rudolf Sensei has practiced Aikido for more than 30 years. In Germany, he has been organizing seminars with Ulf Evenås Shihan over decades. In 1995, he founded Takemusu Aikido Dortmund. He is the president of Takemusu Aikido Association Germany and teaches seminars all over Germany.

Sweden Shochugeiko Preuss

Regardless of style and rank, this event is an opportunity to learn Takemusu Aikido, as taught by Morihiro Saito Shihan, from top teachers. This practice gives a foundation and insight into the fundamentals of Aikido. Everyone will train together with and receive support from highly qualified Aikidoka, both from Gothenburg Aikido Club and from other parts of the world.

Photo credit: Gothenburg Aikido Club

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