In May we want to introduce a dojo in the South of Germany. From the head of dojo Robert Hundshammer we hear that the idyllic location in the countryside offers not only advantages.
h4. Introducing: TSV Deggendorf since 1864, section Aikido
In short form:
|country | Germany / Bavaria| |established | 1976| |Tendoryu-Aikido since | 1979| |legal form | registered nonprofit association| |members | about 50 members (including children)| |head coach / Cheftrainer | Robert Hundshammer| |other trainer | Max Birkeneder, Stephan Schmid (youth trainer)| |info | "www.aikido-deggendorf.de":http://www.aikido-deggendorf.de |
Bavaria is known for its Oktoberfest, leather shorts, pleasant beer and the castles built by the bavarian king Ludwig II. Maybe also for soccer and wintersports.
The city of Deggendorf (about 30.000 inhabitants) is located about 150 km northeast of Munich near the Czech border - at the edge of the Bavarian Forest, in an idyllic countyside, between the tourist spots of Regensburg and Passau
And here you will find Aikido?
"They didn’t know anything They had no dojo They had no tatami But they succeded with the mind of beginners (shoshin) And an idea of aikido in the heads" (this could be the begin of a fictious movie trailer)
The history of aikido in Deggendorf is a mixture of self- initiative, friendship, effort and loyalty.
In 1975 the Judoka and school teacher Gerhard Brunner got hold of one of the first books on aikido and gathered spontanously a few people interested. Being bloody beginners, the book in one hand, the uke in the other hand they tried to explain each other shiho nage and ikkyo while they were smiled at by the other Judoka. Shortly after that, Robert Hundshammer, who is today‘s head coach, joined them. The group started to atend seminars in major cities (Munich, Nuremberg, Hannover) and in 1976 became an official section in the Deggendorf sportsclub.
"A hakama seemed to be suspicious A shodan was similar to a demigod They practised shiho nage But for them sankyo and sushi would have been the same And so a 4.kyu at the age of 17 years became head coach and head of the dojo" (trailer text, part 2)
There was a key moment in 1979: The Deggendorf group met Shimizu Sensei on a seminar in Erlangen and they were instantly thrilled at Shimizu Sensei’s circular and dynamic aikido, which matched with their vague idea of aikido and it also really worked. Shimizu Sensei’s friendly and open character helped that the self-taught people of Deggendorf did overcome their timidity and would follow Shimizu Sensei as their role model.
Robert Hundshammer, at that time 17 years old took over the training and the section and followed with his group the teachings of Shimizu Sensei. Whenever there was a seminar with Shimizu Sensei or one of his most advanced students from Germany, people from Deggendorf attended and passed on what they have learned.
The group expanded, the techniques improved and seminars were organized. In 1981 the first shodan was given to Deggendorf and this student became the chairman of Bavaria.
In the middle of the 80‘ Shimizu Sensei was teaching in Deggendorf for the first time. With this seminar this young group has come of age and has been repected.
"I know the Deggendorf group since 1979. During these 33 years, also during difficult times, this dojo has been loyal to Tendoryu Aikido and has always supported my aikido." (Shimizu Sensei, Deggendorf seminar , March 2012)
In the future we want...
During all this time...
In this spirit we want to express our gratitude to Shimizu Sensei for 33 years of continuous support and solidarity!