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  • "Το budo δεν είναι το να ρίχνουμε τον αντίπαλο με τη δύναμή μας. Ούτε είναι ένα εργαλείο για να οδηγήσουμε τον κόσμο σε καταστροφή από τα όπλα. Το αληθινό budo είναι να δεχθούμε το πνεύμα του Σύμπαντος, να κρατήσουμε την ειρήνη στον κόσμο, να παράγουμε, να προστατεύουμε και να καλλιεργούμε σωστά, όλα τα πράγματα στη φύση" Μorihei Ueshiba
  • "Θεωρώ πιο γενναίο εκείνον που κυριαρχεί στα πάθη του από εκείνον που κυριαρχεί στους εχθρούς του. Η δυσκολότερη νίκη είναι εκείνη ενάντια στον ίδιο σου τον εαυτό" Αριστοτέλης
  • Keep One Point
  • Relax Completely
  • Keep Weight Underside
  • Extend Ki

Wilko Vriesman 6th Dan Aikikai


Το φθινόπωρο του 2010 είχαμε την τιμή να φιλοξενούμε στην Ελλάδα και συγκεκριμένα στην Ελληνο-γερμανική Σχολή Αθηνών, στο Μαρούσι, τον Sensei Wilko, 6ο Dan στο Aikido.

Το Aikido.gr αδράξε για ακόμα μια φορά την ευκαιρία να του κάνει μερικές ερωτήσεις στον Sensei σχετικά με το Αikido και νιώθουμε ιδιαίτερη τιμή που μας αφιέρωσε λίγο από τον πολύτιμο χρόνο του για μια «απολαυστική» συνέντευξη.

(Για ακόμα μια φορά η συνέντευξη δημοσιεύεται στα Αγγλικά προκειμένου να μην αλλοιωθεί το νόημα όσων ειπώθηκαν)


Ε: Sensei Wiklo, could you please tell us when you started to practice Aikido and when you were awarded your Sho Dan?

A: I started Aikido in 1982 and I was awarded with Shodan in 1988 by Kanetsuka Sensei and Fujuita Sensei


E: Could you please name us some of the Senseis who taught you?

A: I started under Kanetsuka Sensei and later I became one of the main ukes of Fujita Sensei in Holland. I received my first hakama from Yokota Sensei.  On the invitation of Yokota and Fujita sensei I became a deshi in the Hombu under  Kisshumaru Ueshiba in 1990 and in that role I took many uekemi of the late and the current Doshu.

When I returned to Europe on the introduction of the late Yamaguchi Sensei, in 1992 and I became a Deshi of Christian Tissier Sensei. In that i commute every week from Amsterdam to Paris until 2001. In Netherlands I have an aikikai organisation called the Dutch Aikikai; Federation of about 70 dojos and represents the line Tissier. In 2011 I received my 6th dan in Hombu Dojo directly from Doshu.


E: Do you teach aikido for living?

A: Yes, since 1995 I am a professional

E: Have  you ever practiced any other martial art? If yes why did you choose Aikido over them?

A: I have done judo, karori shinto Ryu under the late Sugino Sensei, Tai Kenpo, Brasilian Ju jitsu and some kick-box, but always with the intention to enrich my aikido.

E:Do you teach Aikido in many countries?

A: I teach in Belgium, Greece, Slovenia, Romania, Libanon, USA, Czech
Republic, Tunisia, United Arabic Emirates, Saudi Arabia
and this year I went to Kuwait for the first time.

E: What do you think about Aikido and children? Should they try Aikido?

A: Of course, but not in a young age. The really young ones like to go to the ground and I think judo at that stage is better.

E: Do you believe that you teach traditional or modern Aikido?

A: I teach aikido as traditional budo embedded in the traditional values of Bushido, but with a modern western approach of communication and understanding. For the basic and for the understanding of the basic forms, i follow the Doshu and Christian Tissier. For myself I search a lot for an inner understanding of Ki with principle transcend forms.

E: How do you vision Aikido in the future?

A: As Aikido has been accepted as discipline within the Combat Games and as such will receive a lot of media attention, I think Aikido will become more and more Global. And  with the combined effort of all the great sensei who are now spreading Aikido all of over the World, we will contribute in making the vision of O' Sensei a living reality in a world that needs Aikido.

E: What do you think of aikido in Greece?

A: The aikido in Greece is facing the opportunity to transcend from a combination
of small groups to a working and co-operation aikido federation.

E: Use three words to describe Aikido

A: Maybe you can distinguish 3 stages according to your life-stage;

The Athlete stage where you strive for excellence and physical fullness,

The Budo-stage, where with discipline and forged your mental mindset according to the values of Budo.

The Gentle(wo)men stage where you maintain your physical health and are open for the open for spiritual dimension in the field of Ki.

E: What would you say to people who wish to try Aikido? What does
Aikido do to their “everyday life”?

A: Just do it and in the beginning don't think too much about it......and don't waste time in not finding the right teacher for you.


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