Hakurin Dojo is a small  Aikido  Dojo in the countryside of Taka- cho, in Hyogo Prefecture.

The emphasis of the practice is on the Budo aspect of Aikido. Budo is seen as an ancient methodology to awaken one's personal energy and to connect that energy with the Powers of the Universe.
Aikido unites mind, body and soul. The Way has no reachable goal. It is a Path of a lifetime.

The Practice
Aikido does not depend on physical strength to control the opponent, and it can be practiced by people of all ages, both men and women. The minimum age for practice is 15. There is no upper age limit as long as the person is in regular good health.
The Instructor image
The founder and head of Hakurin Dojo is Sep Overlaet Sensei, 6th Dan Aikido. Born near Antwerp in Belgium in 1950, Sep has been practising Aikido for more than 50 years. In Japan, he also studied Kyudo, and he holds the title Renshi, 5th Dan. At Jiko-in in Nara, Sep studied the Sekishu style of tea ceremony.

Sep has lived and taught Aikido in Belgium, Spain, England, India, and now in Japan. He is still the head-instructor of Byakko Dojo, the dojo he started in Aranjuez, south of Madrid, Spain.

Having moved from India to Japan in 2019, he, together with his wife, bought a very old farmhouse in Taka-cho. They restored the house using natural materials, and it is now a Kominka Guesthouse, called Shigetsu-an. An introduction to Budo is one of the optional activities at Shigetsu-an.

Regular Practice Hours

Mondays and Thursdays 20:00 - 21:30

Special Events

No special events scheduled at the moment

General Information

Practice is open to any sincere student who is prepared to follow the rules of dojo etiquette, and is open to the teachings of the instructor. The dress code is a white judo keikogi. Beginners are allowed to practise in track suit for the first weeks, until they have acquired a proper keikogi.

The first practice is free. Please contact before joining into practice.


  • Japan, Hyogo, Taka, kamiku Tada 60-1