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Aikido Kokikai Berlin — Aikido in English Pages

"Minimum effort, maximum effect"
„Minimale Anstrengung, maximale Auswirkung“

The Four Basic Principles of Kokikai Aikido

1. Keep One Point to Develop Calmness
2. Relax Progressively
3. Find Correct Posture in Everything
4. Develop Your Positive Mind

About Kokikai Aikido

Kokikai Aikido is a Japanese martial art of self-defense founded by Sensei Shuji Maruyama, a student of Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of Aikido, and Koichi Tohei, the founder of Ki Society. A journey to self-mastery through martial arts training, the Kokikai method encourages students to realize their full potential in all activities of life through effective self-defense. Our motto is “minimum effort, maximum effect.”

About the Dojo

Aikido Kokikai Berlin was founded by Steven Syrek Sensei in April 2017. It is the first and only Kokikai dojo in Europe.

We train at Randori Pro Mitte, a beautiful martial arts studio located at Chausseestraße 102, Berlin 10115. Randori Pro offers a number of martial arts and fitness courses, which you can take in combination with Kokikai Aikido. Visit our photos page to see inside.

We also have a Facebook page, where you can find more photos and videos or just talk to us.

About the Instructor

Steven Syrek Sensei, 4. dan, has been practicing Aikido since 2002. He previously taught from 2008–2017 in New York City before moving to Berlin. Steve Sensei is a student of Gary Snyder Sensei, 7. dan, the chief instructor of Aikido Kokikai NYC and also receives regular instruction directly from Sensei Maruyama, who has appointed him the chief instructor of Germany for Aikido Kokikai International. The lineage is a short one:

Steven Syrek, student of Sensei Maruyama and chief instructor of Aikido Kokikai Berlin

Shuji Maruyama, uchi deshi of Ueshiba and founder of Kokikai

Morihei Ueshiba, founder of Aikido

Class Schedule

Randori Pro Mitte, Chausseestraße 102

  • Mondays – 19:45
  • Wednesdays – 19:45
  • Special classes to be announced

Classes are in English, but all are welcome regardless of language, age, sex, or prior martial arts experience. Students of other styles of Aikido are also encouraged to join us, but we ask that you wear a white belt and practice with "beginner's mind" until you decide to follow the Kokikai way.

Uniforms and Equipment

Discounted gi (uniforms) are available at AsiaSport in Prenzlauerberg and Kreuzberg. Judo gi tend to be the most appropriate and comfortable for beginners, but medium weight (not lightweight) karate gi also work. Note that in Kokikai, we prefer gi sleeves to extend to the wrists. Try to avoid "aikido" gi with shorter sleeves. You may also want to purchase wooden practice weapons: tanto (knife), bokken (sword), and jo (staff).

Gi are also available, if you want one, as a part of your registration package when you sign up with Randori Pro Mitte.

Aikido Kokikai T-shirts, coffee mugs, and other swag are now available! Order yours directly from Teespring.


Sensei Shuji Maruyama leads several, weekend-long camps per year in various places around the world. There are generally camps in the New York/New Jersey area in the US at the beginning of March and the end of July; a camp in Sydney, Australia in October; a Boston camp at the beginning of November; a camp in the middle of November that rotates between Seattle, Phoenix, and San Francisco in the US; and occasional events in Japan. Students of Aikido Kokikai Berlin are welcome and encouraged to attend any of these camps along with their instructor.


Students who practice regularly will be invited to test for rank promotion several times throughout the year. Tests are non-competitive demonstrations of the techniques you have learned during your training. While we call it a test, it is more of an opportunity for the dojo community to celebrate and acknowledge your commitment to Aikido than an examination. After all, the hardest part of any martial art is just showing up. If your instructor invites you to test, it basically means you have already passed—but you still have to do it!

Testing requirements for each rank are available in the Resources section below. For example, you are eligible to test for 6th kyu after practicing for a minimum of 2 months with 16 hours of instruction. Please note that these are guidelines only. Students who wish to test are expected to train regularly and exceed the minimum requirements.

If you believe you are eligible to test, please check your attendance record with the front desk and submit to Steve Sensei the following information:

  • Name
  • Current rank
  • Testing rank
  • Belt size requested
  • Date of previous test (or when you started Aikido)
  • Number of classes attended since last test (track with Meetup)
  • Optional: What you would like to practice more of to improve your test

Note—You must pay an extra fee when you test, but the Berlin fees are different from those listed in US dollars on the testing requirements below!

Basic Etiquette

  • Wear sandals from the changing room to the mat. No footwear is allowed on the mat at any time.
  • Bow before entering and leaving the mat.
  • Do not bring food or beverages of any kind into the dojo.
  • If you arrive to class late, sit in seiza on the side of the mat and wait for the instructor’s permission to join.
  • Do not wear jewelry during class.
  • Keep your fingernails and toenails trimmed.
  • Always practice in a clean gi (uniform).
  • During class, address the instructor as "sensei."
  • During class, bow before and after speaking to the instructor.
  • Treat your fellow students with kindness and respect those with a higher rank.
  • Avoid talking excessively during class.
  • Make a special effort to attend class when we have testing so that you can uke for, and cheer on, your fellow students.


Training fees

You may try one class for free.

Fees for attending class are set by Randori Pro Mitte and depend on how often you want to train and the length of your contract. Randori Pro Mitte offers a variety of courses, and you may take any of them as part of your contract.

Cost per week for a 6/12/24 month contract:

  • Training once a week: 14/12/10€
  • Training twice a week: 18/16/14€
  • Unlimited training: 22/20/18€

One time registration fee: 99€ (includes training uniform and gift)

There are occasional open houses when special discounts are available. You may ask Steve Sensei about these or inquire with Randori Pro Mitte directly.

Note—Although you have the option to train either once or twice a week, you are strongly encouraged to train as often as possible if you want to make progress. The difference in price is negligible, but the difference in your growth will be substantial.

Dojo membership and testing fees

There are additional fees for membership and testing that help support the Aikido Kokikai Berlin dojo and community. These fees are separate from the training fees listed above.

The fee for membership in Aikido Kokikai Berlin is 50€ per year. Your first year of membership is included for free as part of your 6th kyu testing fee.

The fees for testing are currently:

  • 6th kyu: 50€ (includes first year of membership)
  • 5th kyu: 50€
  • 4th kyu: 65€
  • 3rd kyu: 65€

After 3rd kyu, students are tested by Sensei Maruyama.

Students with a legitimate claim of financial hardship should speak to Steve Sensei directly about fees.


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