I was at Igarashi sensei seminar in Stockholm, Sweden, for only 3 sessions, sleeping in the dojo and meeting quite a lot of people for the fisrt time, but I can say that I hope it will not be the last time!!
It has been a very nice experience visiting Iyasaka dojo, one of the biggest Aikido dojo in Europe probably: around 500 members, 50-60 black belts, one 7.dan shihan, two 6.dan and so on!
Urban, 6.dan, invited Norwegian aikidokas during doshu seminar at the Norwegian Anniversary of 30 years of Aikido: this seminar was for free for us from Norway! A mini group of about 15 of Norwegian aikidokas accepted this very nice chance to practice! Quite funny that in this group, there were maybe 4-5 Norwegian of birth!! Most of us were foreigners living in Norway for work or that got a Norwegian passport :-D
Many many thanks to Urban for the invitation and for the hospitality in his great dojo!!
Last but not least: many congratulations to Odd from Aikikan Oslo that got 4.dan!!! Very nice graduation.. very interesting all the dan exams: maybe not all very good, but respect to some exams I have seen in the last months, especially in Norway, but not only, all people grading made an enough good job! One girl grading to shodan has been extremely good.. and one sandan too.. and Odd, of course!!! Also the other guy to 4.dan was very good.. a bit more nervous at the beginning, with the weapon practice.
In conclusion, very nice saturday “party” at a pub close to the dojo, with an extremely good choice of beers (many Czechian ones.. but I’ll be there tonight so..) and a great discovery of a Swedish beer, called Lungrens Lager: WOW!! Very tasty!
OK, now I’m in Arlanda writing.. so.. I must add that as usual I start my traveling with a delay: 1 hour her ein Arlanda.. that probably means I will lose the expected flight from Frankfurth to Prague.. so I am not really sure when I will be there! Svein and Tomas anyway had the good idea to go back to the Japanese restaurant where we had been in the summer: it will be sushi!!! :-D Whenever I will get there!!!