Sensei Aikido website was made by me, Isac Alexei, an Aikido practitioner from Chisinau, Moldova. My Aikido teacher is Igor Zaharevich Sensei. He managed to establish Aikikai in the country back in the days and gave me a chance to learn the art which I did starting from 2013. My first Aikido article was found on his website as well. It was Koichi Tohei’s Kiatsu. A practice I already thought about before meeting a text. That’s how I got ensured that I’m in right direction with the Aikido.
I really enjoyed my Aikido practice and continued pursue my passion even in the Saint Petersburg, Russia where I moved in 2016. It was a whole new Aikido world for me again with all those teachers in a big city. My biggest impression was from the Ivan Novikov Sensei who I learned from. That’s where I let myself go with a small writing placed in a link above.
I’ve been reading everything on Aikido I could find since. Every Aikido teacher that I met on the web was examined as deep as It was possible. I’ve been contacting various Sensei with the questions about their life to learn and shared the knowledge here, on the website.
Japanese Shihans are visiting Moldova regularly. Etsuji Horii Sensei and Hiroyuki Sakurai Sensei came in Chisinau every year until the COVID. In 2018 I managed to ask a last one few questions during a dinner between the classes.
We’ve made a beautiful interview after with Piotr Masztalerz Sensei. His answers felt very personal for me and I ended up as an uchideshi in his Dojo at Wroclaw after that. One of the best life-experiences in my life. A final accord of my uchideshi program was made by the Robert Savoca Sensei seminar in the same Dojo.
There were other important milestones marked with the articles made together with the Senseis. Good examples are: Bjorn Eirik Olsen Sensei from Norway, Bruno Gonzalez Sensei from France, etc. With all the people site grew from a personal blog to the portal where Aikido practitioners can learn more about the important Aikido teachers of the past and present.
I’d be happy to see the website evolve further and will do my part as far as I go with the Aikido, however, I am not able to have a good enough connection with every great person in the Aikido world. Nobody does. Each of us has that little piece of something that can be important for the community. Feel free to share yours if you want to and we’ll search for a way to share the best content on the web.