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Aikido – Enemy as a Partner


Workshop with Piotr Masztalerz, with guest Tsuruzo Miyamoto Shihan


Tue–Thu 5–7 April 2016, 10:00–12:30

Wrocaw Aikikai Dojo, ul. Hubska 20

The workshop will be conducted in English


Contact and application

Please email your completed application form by 20 March 2016 to Justyna Rodziska-Nair at Please include in the subject of the email ‘BodyConstitution workshops’ followed by the name of the chosen workshop. The number of places is limited. Applicants will be accepted on a first-come-first-serve basis.


Fee: 60 EUR


Aikido is a traditional Japanese martial art with roots in Japanese swordsmanship and close combat (jujutsu). Its hallmarks are beautiful dance-like movements and close contact with the partner. Basic techniques include throws, locks and pins. Aikido training also involves the use of weapons such as sticks and knives. The goal is to bring the attacker under control by redirecting or neutralising their energy. Aikido is not competitive, training is an end in itself. It can be practised by everyone, regardless of age, sex, physical ability or health status. Aikido training is supported by meditation.


In this workshop we will seek to touch the essence of physical contact with the partner. In a safe setting we will look at how we react to attack and physical danger. Learning the basics of rolls, falls and other crucial techniques will be an important part of the training.


Please wear comfortable clothes (tracksuit bottoms and T-shirt).



Piotr Masztalerz has a degree in history but works as an aikido teacher. He has studied aikido since 1988. He has trained under Daniel Brunner (Switzerland), Minoru Kanetsuka (UK), Gabriel Valibouse (France) and Juba Nour (2007). He also studied under Kazuo Chiba in San Diego for a year. Piotr is a shidoin (6th dan). He is the founder and head instructor at Aikikai Dojo in Wrocaw. He has had thousands of students across Poland, including at the Wrocaw University of Technology, the University of Wrocaw, ZSA in Wocaw and the Grotowski Institute. He has also taught outside Poland in countries such as France, the UK, Kenya and Chile.

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Tsuruzo Miyamoto Shihan was born in 1953. He started aikido in 1971, at 18, when he entered the University of Fukuoka. For the next four years he trained under Suganuma Mamoru Sensei, who was a delegate instructor of the Aikikai. He ensei trained at the Aikikai Hombu Dojo in Tokyo under Ueshiba Kisshomaru Doshu from the late 1970s to the early 1990s. He is a 7th dan and senior instructor at the Aikikai Hombu. He has held seminars in several countries including the USA, Israel, France, Spain, Germany, Russia, Poland and the UK.

Tsuruzo Miyamoto Shihan’s visit to Wrocaw is supported by Birankai Polska

As part of BodyConstitution, practical seminar