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shidoin
03-22-2007, 12:28 PM
Hey guys anyone Train in Arizona?
if so where? I'm trying to compare schools

....Matt

Shipley
03-22-2007, 01:17 PM
Where in Arizona are you looking? I did train in Tucson at Aikido of Tucson, which I highly recommend. There are other quality schools in Tucson as well, depends on what you are looking for.

If Tucson is where you're thinking, let me know and I will wax more poetic.

Cheers,

Paul

shidoin
03-22-2007, 03:09 PM
Actually, mesa, chandler, Tempe area

Carlos Rivera
03-22-2007, 04:35 PM
Hey Matt,

You may want to try this site:

http://www.jiyushinkai.org/jiyushinkan/

It's Chuck Clark Sensei's school. I've trained with one of his affiliate schools a few years back in Louisiana and had a chance to meet him. Great teacher, and I have heard good things about the school. He's in the area you mentioned.

Steven
03-22-2007, 05:21 PM
Other end of town, however I have a student teaching in Peoria.
http://www.seikeikan.com/heiseikan

shidoin
03-22-2007, 06:55 PM
Hey Matt,

You may want to try this site:

http://www.jiyushinkai.org/jiyushinkan/

It's Chuck Clark Sensei's school. I've trained with one of his affiliate schools a few years back in Louisiana and had a chance to meet him. Great teacher, and I have heard good things about the school. He's in the area you mentioned.

Hey carlos, I checked his dojo out a few years ago, but he wanted me to watch the class a min. of 4 hours, I really didn't see the point of that, and it kinda turned me off, Also at the time I had 5 years of Aikido under my belt. Which I did explain. Does seem like a nice school with good instruction.

shidoin
03-22-2007, 06:57 PM
Other end of town, however I have a student teaching in Peoria.
http://www.seikeikan.com/heiseikan

Thanks Steven, but Way to far, about an hour from me one way without traffic

Matt

mrfeldmeyer
03-22-2007, 08:41 PM
Matt,

I am a Jiyushinkai student, and I would definetly second the nomination to go and atleast check out the Jiyushinkan. Clark Sensei is an extremely good teacher, and it is a great system. Watching 4 hours of class does take some patience, but it can really be worth it to feel out if the dojo is right for you. Just my two cents.

MM
03-22-2007, 09:01 PM
Matt,
Gotta agree with everything said about Clark sensei and the Jiyushinkai. Well worth any amount of time. It's quality training with great people. And if you're serious about aikido, what's 4 hours of time compared to the lifetime of hours you'll end up putting into it?

Mark

miratim
03-23-2007, 01:19 AM
Might want to check out Aikido Kokikai Southwest (http://kokikai.org/directoryDetail.php?recID=9). Some very good long training folks there.

Chuck Clark
03-23-2007, 09:04 AM
Matt,
... And if you're serious about aikido, what's 4 hours of time compared to the lifetime of hours you'll end up putting into it?

Our policy at the Jiyushinkan requires that interested parties observe our practice before joining our practice. People with no experience are asked to watch four full practice sessions before applying for membership. Those who have significant prior experience are asked to watch for at least one session because our curriculum and method of training are most likely different than they're used to.

Anyone who is experienced and would like to train with us for a short time is welcome to do so by making contact in advance and introducing themselves. People that come in unannounced that we do not already know can not get on the mat the first time they come into the dojo.

We are not a commercial dojo that sells memberships and is "open to everyone that's willing to pay."

tedehara
03-23-2007, 09:36 AM
The Arizona Ki Society (http://www.azkiaikido.com/) is a large dojo with Kirk Fowler Sensei as Chief Instructor. They're located in Scottsdale, AZ. Give them a call and drop by for a look-see.

However check out everyone that you can so you can make an informed decision on your training.

Brian Vickery
03-23-2007, 10:07 AM
Hey Matt,

How are things working out training with Ed at Aiki-Buken?

Regards,

shidoin
03-23-2007, 10:11 AM
Hey Matt,

How are things working out training with Ed at Aiki-Buken?

Regards,

Hey Brian nice to hear from you! Ed is great, I'm not leaving the Dojo, But I would like to train more than 2 days a week.

OSU!

shidoin
03-23-2007, 10:26 AM
Hi Chuck, I did watch 3 hours of class, and really liked it! Great instruction. But for me it is not seeing instruction, But feeling it.

Matt

Chuck Clark
03-23-2007, 11:31 AM
The simple truth is, Mr. Sloan, that no one but members of the dojo or members of Jiyushinkai get "instruction" in my dojo. Visitors that are invited onto the mat to train with us are guests.

The fact that you didn't feel like coming back is part of our process for deciding who gets onto our mat for instruction. Everyone needs to be where they feel like they want to be. Why would anyone enter into a relationship of giving and receiving instruction with someone that has decided they don't want to be there?

Best of luck in finding the place where you want to train.

shidoin
03-23-2007, 03:39 PM
thanks for your input everyone I think I found what I was looking for.

Matt