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I went to the Aikido Ohana Friday night.. Firstly, they have a really nice space to practice in. Secondly, they are very informal and friendly.
I saw a beginner's class. That is exactly like what I would like to see in other dojos (a lot like what I saw as a beginner in Pittsburgh, although that was concurrent, not serial).
I also happened to be there when this Japanese shihan (Yamashima-sensei and two others of some high rank, Yamaguchi-sensei, and another I can't recall) was there for a seminar. Apparently, he'll be traveling around Hawaii going to dojos all this week. Perhaps I should buy a gi and get on the mat.
It was very interesting to see how people took a seminar over here, vs. on the mainland. In addition, I got to see many of the other senior Aikido people from the island and to watch them interact and observe their techniques.
One thing I noticed here - ukes move a lot, nages don't move much at all. In addition, not so much atemi. Also, lots of on the mat casual instruction, and a lot more informality.