I am very happy that I was being promoted to 5th Dan Aikikai by Seishiro Endo Shihan today.
I feel very grateful and want to express my special thanks to Endo Sensei for teaching me with wisdom and patience.
Many thanks to Matti Joensuu, Kuribayashi Takanori Sensei, Ariga Kaname and Sato Motou for endless support, deep understanding and kind company in my trainings in Japan and Europe.
Thanks to my beautiful wife Simone and my lovely son Joschua for letting me follow my passion.
And last but not least thanks to all my students and training partners who keep on challenging me and give me reasons to improve my skills.