Ethiopian Aikido Gradings – A Photographic Reportage

23 04 2015

The dojo exists because of the meaning we give it. This meaning can never be lost from its place in the world because it is that place. The dojo is where we declare it to be. Each moment can be a place of awakening, of learning, of walking toward life.

Richard Strozzi-Heckler

A magic photographic report from a very good Aikidoka and photographer, David Ellard.

David took us on the harmonic Aikido path explored by several eager Ethiopian Aikidokas facing dan and kyu gradings in an examination led by Richard Strozzi-Heckler sensei from the Californian Aikido Association.

I can imagine the stress before followed by a great pride for the good results these Aikido brothers and sisters obtained. And hopefully they will help to spread Aikido in Africa and not only.

But from all the pictures from David wonderful collection, one thing is clear: that there as here people enjoying practicing Aikido, and, as my dear friend always say, Aikido makes people happy!


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