Articles Written By: Piotr Burnos

Photos from seminar in Kopstal

New photos from seminar in Kopstal has been published in Gallery.


Photos from seminar in Barcelona

New photos from seminar in Barcelona has been published in Gallery (courtesy of Daniel Aguirre from Hikari Dojo).

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Sansuikai International Members’ Meeting in Barcelona



During the seminar in Barcelona on 23 – 25 March 2012, there was a meeting of instructors belonging to Sansuikai International. Sensei Yamada clearly emphasized the aim of establishing this organisation:

Sansuikai can be thought of as an “agreement” aimed at supporting my European students in terms of organisation. However, it is a non-political and non-profit organisation and does not constitute competition to national federations. That is why, instead of using the word “organisation” I prefer to use “agreement”, which should be based on four principles: Friendliness, Fairness, Freedom and Flexibility

Sensei Yamada emphasized that only those dojos in which instructors are his direct students and regularly participate in his seminars (at least three times a year) can become members of the organisation. Participation in seminars and commitment to training are the main conditions set by Sensei for his students.

During the meeting in Barcelona, Sensei awarded Fukushidoin (up to 3rd Dan) and Shidoin ( 4th Dan upwards) certificates to Sansuikai instructors.

More information on the subject of Sansuikai International and the requirements which Sensei sets for his students can be found here.

Oster seminar in Rosenheim

Jochen Maier Sensei from Shusoku Aikikdo Schule Rosenheim and Andreas Baer will be teaching a seminar on April 6 – 9, 2012. More details You can find here.

New member

We are happy to inform that new dojos have been accepted as Sansuikai members by Yamada Sensei. Please find Casablanca Aikikai from Morocco at members page.


Peter Van Marcke Sensei from Antwerpen Aikikai will be teaching a seminar in other Sansuikai dojo in Stuttgart on April 21-22, 2012. More details You can find here.

Sansuikai for South America

Visit our website for South America at

Season’s greeting

Dear Friends,
I’d like to take this opportunity to extend season’s greeting. At the same time, I’d like to thank you for your support and cooperation toward Sansuikai throughout the year.
I’m looking forward to seeing you as many members as possible this year whenever, wherever I go for seminars. And when we meet, let’s greet each other with a big smile on the face. Smiling and laughing is the only human being among all animals can do.
Y. Yamada

Message from Sensei

Greetings Sansuikai members in Europe.

It is almost end of year 2011 and as you know it was extremely busy year for me. I promise that next year I reserve some time to focus on Sansuikai business. If you have any questions about Sansuikai, please contact Piotr Burnos at

Hoping to meet all of you in Barcelona next March.
Y. Yamada

Welcome to Sensei Yamada’s new European website

You will find everything here that was available up to now on the old website: news from Sensei, current information about Sensei’s seminars in Europe, photo galleries and information about those dojos that maintain close links with Sensei. The last section concerning dojos has been extended to encompass additional information on given schools (together with photographs), and in the seminar section you will also find a list of seminars organised by direct students of Sensei in Europe. The gallery has been supplemented with new high resolution photographs, and most of the old traditional ones have been digitally enhanced, thanks to which they have regained their original quality. Furthermore, the latest interview with Sensei – which he gave in July 2011  –  will be published on our website for the first time.

We hope you like our new website! If you have any questions or suggestions concerning this site, please do not hesitate to write to us at: