Wilko Vriesman was born in Amsterdam 1958. He started to practice aikido in 1981 under Minoru Kanetsuka Shihan and then Masatake Fujita Shihan. In 1991 he was invited to stay in Hombu Dojo as a student.
“That became a turning point in my aikido life,” he says.
Returning to Europe, Wilko Vriesman was introduced by Seigo Yamaguchi Shihan to Christian Tissier Shihan in Paris, were he trained from 1993 until 2000, by commuting to Paris once or twice a week.
In 1993 he opened a dojo in Amsterdam and in 1995 founded the Dutch Aikikai Federation, which at this moment consist of 56 dojos and 300 yudansha (black belts). He is its president and Technical Director. He also founded Aikido Nederland, the all-style aikido organization of the country, in 2009, where he is the General Secretary.
In addition to his work for Dutch aikido, Wilko Vriesman holds many seminars in several other countries, helping them to develop their aikido practice. He's the Technical Director of major aikido organizations in Slovenia, Dubai and Saudi Arabia.
At the 2012 General Assembly he was elected to the Directing Committee of the IAF and appointed as Technical Delegate for the IAF 2013 World Combat Games participation. His current aikido rank is 6th dan.