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Visitors from Vladivostok (part 1) - Victoria Dolzhenkova
Friday, 06. June 2014
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In April 2014 two ladies from Russia visited the Tendokan and trained intensively – one whole month. Here you can read about their impressions.

part 1: Victoria Dolzhenkova

The trip to Tendokan in Tokyo was very significant to me. There was a time in my life when the wish of more understanding of aikido appeared and it was very important to continue study.

In Tendokan I spent 32 valuable days in trainings. Every day I could study the aikido art under Shimizu Sensei, Wakasensei Kenta Shimizu, Kotaro Nagai Sensei and other Tendokan teachers.

I was deeply impressed by the mastery of aikido and skill of those who devote the greatest part of their lives to aikido.

To understand what do you do in your aikido practice you certainly should "dive into" this culture. And Tendokan as a place of Tendoryu origin gives us this opportunity - the opportunity to feel its spirit through the wisdom and the skills of the senseis.

Thanks very much to all who taught me in Japan and to all who were uke and nage with me on tatami. I am very thankful to all of you for your hearty welcome, good arrangement, care and support. I believe there will be time to come back to the beautiful country of the rising sun again.

I wish you all energy, health and success in strengthening your spirit.

Victoria Dolzhenkova