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04-03-2007, 08:53 AM
I am moving to Columbus Ohio. Can anyone reccomend any aikido/ aikijutsu dojos?


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Michael Zartman
04-03-2007, 12:04 PM

You have a great many choices in Columbus. I am partial to the Columbus Aikikai, as I previously trained under Frank Hreha Shihan. Dan McConnel Sensei is very friendly. However, I had the privilege of practicing with folks from most of the rest and their Aikido is excellent too.

Columbus Aikikai, ASU, http://www.hilliardmartialarts.com

Aikido School of Central Ohio, Inc., ASU, http://www.aikidoschool.org

The Circle Of Harmony, Tomiki, http://www.aikicircle.com

Aikido of Columbus, USAF East,

Seibukan, Yoshinkai, http://www.columbus-karate.com

My dojo in Twinsburg, Ohio is a TenShin dojo--that is, traditional Aikido with Steven Seagal Shihan's unique randori deflection techniques. We also train in aiki jujutsu, but I am not familiar with those in Columbus.

Best of luck in choosing. You are welcome to train with us if you should ever be in the Cleveland area.

04-03-2007, 12:35 PM
Great! Thanks for all of the links.

Mark Uttech
04-03-2007, 03:35 PM
I wholeheartedly reccommend that you visit Aikido of Columbus, and speak with sensei Paul Linden. Best of luck to you!

In gassho,


G DiPierro
04-04-2007, 11:43 AM
The Circle Of Harmony, Tomiki, http://www.aikicircle.com
This group is not Shodokan, but somewhere amongst the non-competitive offshoots. There is a competitive mainline Tomiki-style dojo in Grove City. Their contact info can be found on the JAA webpage (http://www.tomiki.org/members.html).

Seibukan, Yoshinkai, http://www.columbus-karate.com

Rodger Pyle's lineage is Chudokai, but I don't think they are currently affiliated with anyone. Definitely a Yoshinkan flavor though.

There are also Yoshokai (http://www.cse.ohio-state.edu/~egnot/Aikido/index2.htm) (another Yoshinkan offshoot) and Kokikai (http://www.kokikai.org/directoryDetail.php?recID=77) (Ki-society offshoot) groups at OSU.

Finally, there's one person that I know of who teaches a style of AJJ in Columbus, but I don't think he is teaching a public class. AFAIK he is doing what you might call MMA with a private group of students right now.

Michael Zartman
04-04-2007, 01:51 PM
I certainly did not mean to leave any groups off the list. I appreciate your efforts to make it more complete.