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06-16-2007, 09:33 PM
I have been studying Aikido via any piece of info I can find, anywhere for months now but haven't began training the techniques at a dojo or under a sensei.The reason is,I'm stuck on which Dojo to attend!If you are reading this, your opinion would be appreciated.Of all the clubs in my city, I've narrowed it down to 3:

#1: Sensei was last graded by a Ueshiba(not sure which one),Is a representative of the International Budo Federation and is trained in Aiki JuJutsu.Classes are run 3 times a week 1 1/2 hrs each with added weapons Kendo/Jo training session availible once a week.Sensei tends to focus more on "Street" aspects and strays from Aikido making every session more "Aiki Ju Jutsu"

#2: Branch of Aikikai Australia.True Aikido all the way but lessons availible only twice a week for 1hr each

#3: This Dojo has a great reputation and trains Ju Jutsu and Aikido.Emphasis is also put on the Sword and Jo training as an extention to your Aikido lessons.Classes availible up to 4 times a week 1-2 hrs each.

I can't decide,there are good and bad aspects (except the last) in all.If anyone with experience could come foward and give me their opinion I would appreciate it!

Thanx heaps:ai: :ki: :do:

06-16-2007, 09:49 PM
from your profile
I am a deticated student of Aikido & Aiki Ju Jutsu.Not in the physicla sense..I have been studying every piece of information I can on Aikido and it's history for months now and feel it has already made me a better human being!I really can't wait to attend class, I know the results will be astronomical.

if you really want to become a student of aikido (and you are not at the moment) stop talking/thinking about it and get off your butt and get to training! It doesn't matter which school you go to - hell go to all three and see which one you like. But get on the mat.

06-16-2007, 09:57 PM
Yeah,I've been to all three.My question was,What would you say (after reading about them) would be the best to train @?

Janet Rosen
06-16-2007, 10:49 PM
The one you feel "at home" in when you walk in the door.

The one where the teacher and you connect.

06-16-2007, 10:51 PM
if you've been to all three then just pick one you liked the feel of. It's p personal decision that no one here can help you with. The best advice you will get is to stop stalling and start training.

06-16-2007, 10:58 PM
Yeah you are both right!
The last one on my list.The first Dojo I walked into was amazing.Not only did it look great (9th level of a beautiful building with a flowing water feature at the bottom of the building) It felt terrific to be there.The guy I spoke with who gave me a private tour of the dojo was the Sensei and he was a gentle kind of a guy with this subtle strength about him.I also feel this was the only dojo I had visited who practised STRICT form in etiquette.I wasn't sure If this decision was biased because it was the first dojo I had visited, or if this place truly was for me.That was my question.Thanx for your help