Mixed group: ♀/♂, junior/senior (age 16+, as a rule), beginners/advanced students.
Classes usually comprise open-handed and weapons techniques as well as basic work (fitness, safe falling exercises), and are taught in German/English language, as needed.
Gym at DonauSplash, Karl-Metz-Gasse 1a, 3430 Tulln an der Donau
→ Dojo Calendar
Wear: white Karate-/Judo uniform with white belt for all ranks below black belt
(Dento Iwama Ryu: coloured rank belts only for children).
Bokken/Jo (wooden sword/staff) for beginners are available.
— free trial training and beginning are possible at any time (upon consultation) —
Markus Bauer (3rd Dan Dento Iwama Ryu) has been active in Aikidō since 1999 and is a student of Volker Hochwald (5th Dan Dento Iwama Ryu, Aiki Shuren Dōjō Korntal, Germany).
Markus took up training with the then newly established Stuttgart group of Volker and Franziska Hochwald, later with Carsten Oetzel. Right from the start, he was fascinated by the intensity of the physically and mentally demanding training, as well as the coherent combination of open-handed and weapons techniques in traditional Iwama style.
“For me, Aikidō is more than a mere concept of self-defence or sport — it also is a space which between strict etiquette and immediate physicality allows communication in a manner different from usual … and it’s a great vehicle to see the world.“
His frequent seminar participation, at home and abroad, include training with high quality teachers like Saito Morihiro, Saito Hitohira, Saito Yasuhiro, Alessandro Tittarelli and Patricia Hendricks. He was also a live-in student (uchideshi) of Saito Hitohira at the founder’s dōjō at Iwama, Japan in 2003 and two months in 2014 he trained with Hoa Newens at the Aikido Institute Davis, California.
In 2015, he established the Aiki Shuren Dōjō in Tulln, at the Danube river, close to Vienna, the first Dento Iwama Ryu/ISSASK group in Austria. In his training, he attaches great importance to an atmosphere of focus and concentration while combining traditional training with modern fitness elements.
“My ideal training? … one without words, but with a lot of Ki-Ai.”