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Technical Director: Lewis Bernaldo de Quiros, 6th Dan, Aikikai Shihan

Special Dan Grade Committee (TAE's Approved Aikikai Examiners)

Lewis Bernaldo de Quiros, 6th Dan [bio]
Torben Bech Dyrberg, 6th Dan [bio]
Lars Landberg, 6th Dan [bio]

Grading Committee

Lewis Bernaldo de Quiros, 6th Dan [bio]
Torben Bech Dyrberg, 6th Dan [bio]
Lars Landberg, 6th Dan [bio]
Hanspeter Dietz, 5th Dan [bio]
Paul Keessen, 5th Dan [bio]
Arjan de Haan, 5th Dan
Christian Holst, 5th Dan
Andrea Pfisterer, 4th Dan [bio]
Barbara Ambrus, 4th Dan [bio]
Richard van Berkum, 4th Dan [bio]

Kyu and Dan Examination Protocol (pdf-file)

Syllabus (pdf-file)

Syllabus (pdf-file, German version)

Syllabus (pdf-file, Spanish version)

Levels of Takemusu Aiki (pdf-file)

Gradings are held at most international camps, please contact Lewis to arrange.

Bios

Lewis Bernaldo de Quirós trained full-time under Morihiro Saito Sensei (9th Dan) from 1986 to 1993 at the Iwama Dojo in Ibaraki ken Japan. Before beginning his training in Aikido he trained for 8 years in both Judo and Karate (Shotokan Karate under Keinosuke Enoeda Sensei, 9th Dan, in London). During his stay in Japan he also practiced Kyudo (Japanese traditional archery) and Zen. Since his return from Japan he has dedicated himself completely to teaching Aikido and has taught regular national and international seminars through out Europe since 1993. He maintained regular contact with his teacher after returning to Europe, through seminars participating both as an assistant and as a translator, until the death of Morihiro Saito Sensei in 2002. Lewis received the rank of 5th Dan Aikikai from Morihiro Saito Sensei in 1999 and 6th Dan Aikikai from Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba (Hombu Dojo in Tokyo) in 2009 and Shihan status in 2022 through his affiliation as instructor, examiner and technical director for ATAZ (Zaragoza Spain). He is currently Technical Director and Aikikai examiner for both TAE (Europe) and ATAZ (Spain).

Torben Bech Dyrberg

Lars Landberg has trained Aikido since 1979. First with Ulf Evenås and Takeji Tomita Sensei, then directly with Saito Sensei. Lars has been a long-term uchi-dechi at Saito Senseis Iwama Dojo several times, has trained on numerous international camps with Saito Sensei and was heavily involved in the organising of the Summer Camps with Sensei in Denmark. Lars has taught seminars in Ireland, Russia, United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Germany, he has co-taught numerous seminars too. Lars recived 5th Dan directly from Saito Sensei, and currently holds a 6th Dan Aikikai. Before starting to train Aikido, Lars trained Judo, Karate (Gensei-ryu), Taido and Jiu Jitsu. Lars is currently the co-dojo cho of the Copenhagen Aikido Club and teaches adults and kids.

Hanspeter Dietz began his Aikido training in 1992 with Roland Spitzbarth Sensei in Zurich. In 1995 he was uchi deshi (live-in student) under the late Morihiro Saito Sensei in Iwama for several months. Since 1998 Hanspeter Dietz has been a student of Lewis Bernaldo de Quiros Shihan. He attended many seminars with Morihiro Saito Sensei in Europe and co-organized seminars with him and his son Hitohiro Saito Sensei in Switzerland. Hanspeter Dietz has been teaching Aikido since 1996 and is running the Kokoro Dojo Zurich since 2014 together with Andrea Pfisterer and Anita Stooss.

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Andrea Pfisterer has been training aikido since 1995. First in Holland with Lewis Bernaldo de Quiros Sensei and then with Hanspeter Dietz in Switzerland. She studied under Morihiro Saito Sensei during a 6 week uchideshi stay in Iwama and whenever Saito Sensei was giving seminars in Europe. In 2003 Andrea was sotodeshi in Kobe with Shingo Nakao Sensei for 6 months. She is continuously developing and participating in international seminars. Andrea has been teaching aikido since 2000 and co-founded the Kokoro Dojo in Zurich in 2014, where she teaches adults and children. She has taught in seminars in Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden, the Netherlands and the UK and is teaching workshops for musicians and dancers together with her husband Nik Bärtsch.

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Paul Keessen started his training in 1995 in the Netherlands under the guidance of Marga Tupang and Bram de Blécourt (3rd Dan). After attending various seminars of Lewis Bernaldo de Quiros Shihan, he became a student of Lewis in 2005. In addition, Paul was a live in student (uchi deshi) with Patrick Cassidy Sensei (2000), Hiroki Nemoto Sensei (2006) and Kayla Feder Sensei (2014). Currently, Paul is chairman of Takemusu Aikido Kyokai the Netherlands and chief instructor at the Weesp doko in the Netherlands. In addition, he is busy with setting up a dojo in Haarlem, the Netherlands.