On 9th and 10th November 2013, the Aikido Dojo Oberursel was inaugurated in a seminar with Roberto Martucci. The internationally renowned Aikido teacher, 6th Dan Aikido and head of Kashin Dojo in Rome, attracted participants from all parts of Germany, Switzerland, Italy and France.
The TV Weisskirchen sports club launched its new Aikido group with a bang: for a whole weekend, the club house was taken over by the participants of the seminar who came to study the intricacies of the Japanese martial art from one of Europe's foremost teachers.
Members of the other departments of the club were met by unusual sights: using 160 square metres of tatami, ca. 30 participants practised the dynamic movements of the non-violent martial art Aikido, most of them wearing the traditional Japanese divided skirt called "hakama". A great number of spectacular throws and pins were shown, but also the less obvious techniques for the development of the "inner connection". Daniel Slamal, president of the TV Weisskirchen club, describes his impressions: "For somebody without any prior knowledge of martial arts, the movements are not easy to grasp. But it is obvious that you have to be very flexible to be good at it."
For Klaus Messlinger, head instructor of the Aikido Dojo Oberursel, a dream came true: "I am deeply honoured that one of my Aikido role models moved his 2013 seminar from Frankfurt to Oberursel and made it the best inauguration event I could have wished for. This is an excellent starting point, as from next year on we will organise regular seminars with international teachers for the benefit of our Aikido group members, the club and for the reputation of our town." The seminar with Roberto Martucci was organised in co-operation with the Aikido Dojo Frankfurt.
A picture gallery with impressions from the seminar can be found on www.aikido-oberursel.de. There, and on the website www.tv-weisskirchen.de more information on Aikido and the portfolio of TV 1899 Weißkirchen/Ts. e.V. can be found. The first official Aikido class with commence on 5th January 2014.