Trainers

Founders

Dr Eric Graf

Dr Eric Graf

5th Dan Aikido, co-manager.

Strengths: technical knowledge, scientific spirit, sociable

“It is in effort that one finds satisfaction and not in success. A full effort is full victory.”
– Gandhi

Dr Sonja Graf

4th Dan Aikido, co-manager.

Strengths: spirituality, analytical mind, lonely.

“Be realistic, ask for the impossible.”
– Guevara

The main trainers of the Neuchâtel and Bienne Dojos are Eric and Sonja Graf. But they are assisted and supported by a wonderful team of motivated and quality people. It is also thanks to everyone’s investment that our Dojos are such pleasant and transformative places.

Trainers

Carlos Lopez

5th Dan Aikido

Strengths: technical precision, projections, flexibility

“Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.”
– Bruce Lee

Pierre Junod

4th Dan Aikido

Strengths: perseverance, energetic details, polishing of movements.

“It doesn’t matter if you progress, as long as you don’t stop.”
– Confucius

Andreas Baumann

3rd Dan Aikido

Strengths: thunderclaps, sweetness of soul, discipline

“Where there is a will, there is a way.”
– Churchill
1st Dan Aikido

Strengths: technical precision, open mind, serenity.

“The fall is not a failure. Failure is to stay where we fell.”
– Socrates

Antoine Bula

1st Dan Aikido

Strengths: handling of the stick and the sword, stability, softness.

“Life isn’t about waiting for thunderstorms to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.”
– Seneca

Satybek Jusupjanov

1st Dan Aikido

Strengths: bodily expression, loyalty, trustworthy.

“Become who you are. Do what only you can do. Be the master and the sculptor of yourself.”
– Buddha

Sylvain Gacond

1st Dan Aikido

Strengths: kindness, self-seeking, sociable.

“Staying angry is like grabbing a hot coal with the intention of throwing it at someone; you’re the one burning yourself.”
– Buddha

Isaac Monnin

1st Dan Aikido

Strengths: innovation, originality, flexibility

“All men think that happiness is at the top of the mount while it resides in the way of climbing it.”
– Confucius

Carine Schenk

1st kyu Aikido

Strengths: reliable, friendly, organized

“The largest tree was born from a tiny seed.”
– Lao-Tzu

Teo Graf

2nd kyu Aikido

Strengths: careful, responsible, competent.

“The future depends on what we do in the present.”
– Gandhi

Kami Graf

3rd kyu Aikido

Strengths: energy, leadership, innovator

“Don’t judge me by my success, judge me by the number of times I fell and got up again.”
– Mandela

Andrea Filippo

3rd kyu Aikido

Strengths: responsible, determined, competent

“The good things in life are the reward of those who act”
– Aristotle

Maël Cattin

4th kyu Aikido

Strengths: imaginative, attentive, spontaneous

“Believe in your dreams and they may come true. Believe in yourself and they will surely come true.”
– King

Camille Aeby

6th kyu Aikido

Strengths: responsible, organized, creative

“It is not our ability, but our attitude that determines our altitude.”
– Zig Ziglar

Elena Narracci

6th kyu Aikido

Strengths: friendly, optimistic, responsible.

“From meditation is born wisdom.”
– Buddha
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