The club was founded in 1985 in Trondheim, by students at the university. Since this time the club has been part of the students’ sports association in Trondheim, firs called AVHI/NTHI, now NTNUI.
In 1986 Kaare Kopreitan started practicing and he is still an invaluable member of the club.
Rising of the club
In the beginning, no one practicing in Trondheim had very high grades, and even the instructors had only kyu grades (white belt). Thanks to help from the two experienced teachers Bjørn Eirik Olsen and Birger Sørensen who came visiting to hold seminars from time to time, the club was still able to develop during the first years.
Another important influence the first years was Kanetsuka Sensei, head of the British Aikido Federation, who had a special responsibility for the development of Norwegian aikido. Still, most of the practice was conducted without high level assistance.
But in 1987 the club received unexpected help as Hidiaki came from Japan as a visiting professor at the Technical University. He showed up at the practice one day and asked if he could join. He was of cause welcomed. The Trondheim aikidokas asked what grade he had, and said “fith”, “ahh, that’s the same as us” they replied. The only difference was that while they held fifth kyu of the white belt, he held fifth dan of the black belt.
In the beginning he was reluctant to teach, but after a while he started teaching clases. At that time, Hidiaki san was the highest graded aikidoka in Norway.
Hidiaki was a student of Inaba Sensei at the Kashima shrine in Japan, who particularly is famous for teaching the sword style, Kashima shin ryu. During the two years he spent in Trondheim he taught Kashima shin ryu and aikido. The aikido was also Inaba-style, expressing a very soft and sensitive contact, with clear parallels to Yamaguchi’s style. But is also had a distinct Kashima flavour, developing a very strong centre and with a great focus on Ki-practice (ki, being the Japanese pronunciation of the Chinese chi/qi, referring to some kind of living energy). After Hidiaki san left us in 1989 Jon Øyvind Albertsen took responsibility as main teacher. He also continued to teach Kashima in Trondheim.
During the 1990’s the level of skill among the practitioners rose steadily and the club produced several shodans (black belts) at the latter half of the 1990’s. However, the development had not been very fast.
In 1997 the club received its Japanese name “Tekiuikan” from Suganuma Shihan in Fukuoka, Japan. Suganuma Sensei has played an important part in Norwegian aikido, since Bjørn Eirik Olsen Shihan practiced intensively in Fukuoka in two years during the 1980’s.
Suganuma Senei is also a renowned master of shodo (Japanese caligraphy) and he gave the club the name durning a session where he also made the calligraphy in the club heading. Tekisuikan, is name of the monk that is famous for leading the sword master Tesshu to satori (enlightenment) in the 1880’s. Tekitukan got his name from a situation where he was to bring water from the well, but there was no bucket to use. He used his hands to bring the water drop by drop in order to fill the cup.
Don’t waste any water, every drop is essential, and drop by drop the cup shall be filled. The name literary means “drop-water-place”, the house of dripping water. This name reflects several qualities Suganuma Sensei recognized in our club, including the care for all progress, even if it slow, and not least, the long tradition for sauna we have. After approximately every practice since 1985 we have taken sauna in Trondheim and literally been sitting in the “house of dripping water”.
The sauna tradition have been appreciated by almost all teachers and student that have visited Tekisuikan. The bonds towards Suganuma Sensei became stronger after Håkon Fyhn, one of the current teachers spent one term in Fukuoka in 2005, living in one of Suganuma Senseis dojos.
A student club where aikidokas come and go. Students tend to stay for 4 years, or less. A few stay longer if they continue taking master and PhD grades. A few settle in Trondheim and keep staying. Due to the many different people coming to practice the club has been quite open for new impulses and styles of aikido. This has been a strength, but also a challenge.
In 2005 a second aikido club was established in Trondheim, by Sverre Gullikstad Johnsen, one of the former instructors of Tekisuikan. The two clubs in Trondheim have a close relationship and share seminars, gradings and celebrations together.
The last years:
The club celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2005, inviting Christian Tissier shihan to Trondheim.
In 2007, the club first invited Frank Ostoff, then Jan Nevelius to teach seminars in Trondheim. Subsequently, club members started traveling extensively to seminars with Frank Ostoff, Jan Nevelius and Jorma Lyly. Jan Nevelius and Jorma Lyly now each come to Trondheim once a year.
Since 2007, and ever since their club was founded, our “sister club” in Oslo, Sentrum Aikido, has organized a trip to Trondheim every year, bringing impressing amounts of new and old aikidos to visit us.
The 30th anniversary of NTNUI Aikido Tekisuikan was celebrated in 2015, with a seminar held by Mouliko Halén, Bjørn Eirik Olsen, and Jorma Lyly. The seminar marked the role that NTNUI has played in the last decade as a sort of meeting point between the two Norwegian aikido federations NAF and Aikikan, and between Norwegian and Swedish aikido.
At the current moment, the regular practices are thought by a team of instructors reflecting much of the club history. The current regular instructors are: Victoria Havas, Wolfgang Szenterekszty, Marius Warholm Haugen (3rd dan), who has a long and strong connection to Vanadis, and Håkon Fyhn (3rd dan) who have a long relationship with Bjørn Eirik Olsen and the Norwgian Aikido Federation.