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N. Delalondre
11-15-2006, 03:47 PM

Well that's not my first post here but I guess it's never too late to introduce one self. So, I've started Aikido in 2000 in iwama style going to Hitohiro and Daniel Toutain Seminars in France (mostly at Rennes). As I've often moved (due to several jobs), I've visited several iwama's dojo (even one following Tomita's style) before finding my Sensei. Therefore since 2004 I'm a deshi of Patrica Guerri Sensei, for those who don't know her, she has been a 3 years uchi-deshi of Morihiro Saito Sensei (starting in Iwama in 86 I guess) and has received the five mokuroku from his teacher. She's maybe more well-known in US for his DVD on Aikiken and Aikijo... It's a great pleasure to learn Aikido under his guidance here at Paris, and we're happy to meet any Aikidoka as Ron Tisdale did one time. Well, what's more ? I've very little background in BJJ (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu) and some kind of Krav Maga/Self-Defence (less than 2 years).
I'm not often on Aikiweb forums, as I allready check a lot of french forums but I come here time to time :cool:

James Davis
11-15-2006, 03:54 PM
Thanks for making your presence known. :) If I should wake up some day and find myself in France, maybe we can train together. :D

11-15-2006, 04:36 PM
Hi Nicolas,

Welcome to AikiWeb and thank you for your introduction.

-- Jun

Ron Tisdale
11-16-2006, 07:04 AM
Hi Nicolas! Good to hear from you again, and I hope you are well. My GF is actually in Elancourt now! She comes home on Friday. Wish I could be there...it would be good to train with Guerri Sensei again.


N. Delalondre
11-16-2006, 08:55 AM
Hi everyone, Hi Ron,

He he hope one day I could meet you !


11-16-2006, 09:22 AM
Nicolas - Could you direct me to the French forums - ans comment on them (eg, which is most popular). There is a huge aikido population in France as I'm sure you know - but I see very little Internet presence - maybe due to language issues?

Thanks in advance,

N. Delalondre
11-16-2006, 11:08 AM
Hi Mark, well French people seems to prefer french forums (maybe because of the huge Aikido population here or the common bad english of french people, sorry...). So, I think the most popular forum must be the one from the FFAAA (one of the two national organisms for Aikido) : http://www.aikido-france.com, this forum is often subject to flame... Ok another one is www.aikidoka.fr, maybe more peaceful, more recent too. For general discussion on martial art you can take a look at www.kwoon.info or the awfull www.webmartial.com (awfull in my opinion for his design).
All those forums are in french language only...

11-16-2006, 11:31 AM
Thank you!
Are you bilingual btw?
I'm getting there with Portuguese but a way to go...

N. Delalondre
11-16-2006, 11:58 AM
Are you bilingual btw?

Not at all :D

11-20-2006, 09:32 AM
Salut Nicolas!

Merci pour les forums français, bien que ces derniers soient moins pratiques pour moi (séminaires) c'est toujours intéressant de voir comment ça se passe de l'autre côté de l'atlantique! :)

Au plaisir d'échanger davantage!

11-20-2006, 09:41 AM
Au fait,

J'ai déjà eu le plaisir de participer à des stages de Toshiro Suga et Alain Peyrache à Québec. Très intéressants, quoique très différents! :)

D'ailleurs, Tamura sera de passage à Montréal pour un séminaire en mai et je suis déjà fébrile à l'idée d'y être présent!


N. Delalondre
12-01-2006, 01:52 AM
Oups, I didn't these messages...

De rien Pierre-Olivier, je n'ai pas eu l'occasion de pratiquer avec ces senseis (style assez différent du mien en fait). Au plaisir de vous relire.