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.
Fitness is an essential aspect (personal safety), it is therefore expected that Aikidoka take care of their physical condition also outside of regular training classes.
Where and when?
Gym at DonauSplash, Karl-Metz-Gasse 1a, 3430 Tulln an der Donau | Fridays 19:30 hrs
→ Dojo Calendar
plus the readiness to train twice a week.
Thereafter, joining regular training classes is possible at any time
(club membership Sportunion Langenlebarn + Aikido section fee, as per 2019)
Wear and equipment?
Bokken/Jo (wooden sword/staff) according to teacher specification, available for beginners.
Markus Bauer (3rd Dan Dento Iwama Ryu) has been active in Aikidō since 1999 and is a student of Volker Hochwald (6th 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 (5th Dan Dento Iwama Ryu). 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.”