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AikiWeb System
06-03-2007, 12:30 AM
AikiWeb Poll for the week of June 3, 2007:

Do you like including aikido training as a part of vacation travel?

I don't do aikido
Yes
No


Here are the current results (http://www.aikiweb.com/polls/results.html?poll_id=380).

Amelia Smith
06-03-2007, 09:21 AM
Yes! It's a great way to meet people, and keep up a little tiny bit with training. However, sometimes it's hard to make contact with, and find, dojos in unfamiliar places. I mean, most dojos are not in the center of their cities, and can be a bit hard to get to. I've visited dojos in Singapore, Chaing Mai, and Barcelona, so far, plus a few in the US, and somehow just didn't get around to going to the one in Beijing. Next time...

Mary Turner
06-03-2007, 04:33 PM
Yes!
Whenever I'm visiting North Carolina's beautiful beaches, I make time to visit Kure Beach Aikido (http://kurebeachaikido.com/) . They are welcoming and fun!

George S. Ledyard
06-03-2007, 06:33 PM
Aikido training away from the dojo is my vacation.

Karen Wolek
06-03-2007, 07:16 PM
Yes! Most of my "vacations" are to seminars and camps. And every summer the kids and I spend a couple-three weeks in Texas with my family...while there, I practice at Aikido of El Paso as often as I can.

PeterR
06-03-2007, 07:41 PM
Yes! It's a great way to meet people, and keep up a little tiny bit with training. However, sometimes it's hard to make contact with, and find, dojos in unfamiliar places. I mean, most dojos are not in the center of their cities, and can be a bit hard to get to. I've visited dojos in Singapore, Chaing Mai, and Barcelona, so far, plus a few in the US, and somehow just didn't get around to going to the one in Beijing. Next time...

Yes I am having trouble getting in contact with the ones in Shanghai at the moment - far easier to do that in Europe or N. America.

In any case, I alwas get something out of the visits even if its just a little company outside the hotel room. I hve found some real gems in out of the way places.

Dazzler
06-04-2007, 07:16 AM
yes - this is the easiest poll to date.

gdandscompserv
06-04-2007, 08:19 AM
I'm a bit like George on this one. Most of my vacations revolve around aikido seminars/events.:D

Qatana
06-04-2007, 09:09 AM
What is this word "vacation"?
I get so far as finding out if there is a dojo nearby when I have to travel but so far haven't been able to actually visit them as class/work schedules always seem to conflict.
I bring my gi along regardless.

mriehle
06-04-2007, 11:11 AM
Like George Ledyard, I consider training away from my home dojo a vacation. I regularly spend time in either my own dojo in Rio Vista, or my teacher's dojo in Stockton. Both are rewarding, but - let's face it - part of my obligation to my students.

Visiting another dojo is just about training, learning and maybe having some fun. It energizes me, renews my commitment to Aikido and all around makes me feel better about myself.

This is, of course, especially true when I visit a dojo where they do things radically differently from what I normally do and the Sensei says to me afterward, "You really did well. Better than most visitors we get here." (This happened to me a couple of times recently and I see it as validation of my training in an interesting sort of way.)

But even when I just struggle through and get to meet some new people, it's a good experience.

aikidoc
06-04-2007, 02:14 PM
What's a vacation?

jennifer paige smith
06-05-2007, 09:25 AM
What's a vacation?

LOL:)

James Davis
06-05-2007, 03:54 PM
Aikido on vacation? Would if I could!

The closest I've come to that is being able to go up to the aikiweb seminar (but only for one day:( ).

It wasn't a vacation, and I had to jump through some hoops to make it happen ( "Baby, uh, can we go visit your aunt in Orlando?" :) ). It was well worth the trip, though.

Mark Uttech
06-05-2007, 04:08 PM
I have used all of my vacation time for aikido. Even those years where I was married I used the "every other vacation year" for aikido.
Well, I didn't stay married very long, although I always thought that harmony means "every other".

In gassho,

Mark

Chicko Xerri
06-05-2007, 09:46 PM
http://www.fudoshindo.blogspot.com
Absolutly Yes. Always. Aikido keeps me travelling throughout the year. If its not Japan its Europe, if not Europe its closer to home. I love it. Osensei, if he was anything he was definatly a great explorer. What a wonder he left us with.
www.aikido-fudoshin.com

SmilingNage
06-08-2007, 08:40 AM
Yeppers,
I always check out the local dojo when travel. In fact, I was just in Orlando and got to train at Linden sensei's dojo. The time spent talking it up with him and training at the dojo made the trip so well worth it. Even made me forget the speeding ticket I got in South Carolina, sort of .