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ewhip
09-24-2007, 01:49 PM
Hi all! This is a great community that I'm happy to be a part of. I'm 36 and have a 9 month-old-baby, and I'm looking to get back into martial arts after a long layoff. I did some Shotokan and TKD in college, but I keep coming back to a basic fascination with Aikido.

I was wondering if anyone has any thoughts on schools here? I'm actually in Marietta if that makes a difference. I've seen a few listed on the Atlanta Martial Arts directory, but it's hard to know who's for real. I'm looking for a school that offers serious, top-notch instruction but that is also welcoming. I have a real pet peeve about "belt factories" and "Rex Kwon Do" schools, though I really see MUCH less of that in Aikido for some reason.

Anyway, sorry for the long post. Thanks!
Eric

gdandscompserv
09-24-2007, 01:56 PM
http://www.aikiweb.com/forums/showthread.php?t=12686&highlight=atlanta

SeiserL
09-24-2007, 02:29 PM
Roswell Budokan.
I'll watch for you.

akiy
09-24-2007, 02:47 PM
Hi Eric,

Welcome to AikiWeb.

-- Jun

gdandscompserv
09-24-2007, 03:05 PM
Roswell Budokan.
I'll watch for you.
How will you know it's him?;)

SeiserL
09-24-2007, 03:49 PM
How will you know it's him?;)
LOL
He'll be the one asking where the old man is.
LOL

ewhip
09-24-2007, 04:02 PM
LOL
He'll be the one asking where the old man is.
LOL

Haha - that old saying about people in glass houses not throwing stones may apply here, so I'll refrain from asking for the old man!! LOL

Thanks for the response though - I've seen their website. Can you tell me what the significance of "Yushinkan" is in their name? Yes.... I'm an Aikido newbie.. :o

ewhip
09-24-2007, 07:32 PM
...sorry, make that "Kyushinkan"....

SeiserL
09-24-2007, 08:32 PM
Roswell Budokan is the over all name of the school.
Kyushinkan represents the Aikido Dojo.
AWA affiliation Sensei Andy Santo. Aikikai connected.
Paul is Aikikai, Dave is Ki-Society, and weapons follows the Iwama-ryu curriculum.
There is also an Iaido class.
Classes everyday, even some 6:30 AM on Tuesday and Thursday.
Students are respectful, welcoming, and train hard.
They accepted me in January.
I have nothing but respect and fondness for these people.
Show up and train.
Decide for yourself.
Hope to see you there.

ewhip
09-24-2007, 10:15 PM
Thank you sir!

Erick Mead
09-25-2007, 08:45 AM
Hi all! This is a great community that I'm happy to be a part of. I'm 36 and have a 9 month-old-baby, and I'm looking to get back into martial arts after a long layoff. I know the feeling. I was wondering if anyone has any thoughts on schools here? I'm actually in Marietta if that makes a difference. I have no experience with the other schools listed, but I would add the Emory ASU group to the list,; they practice at the Woodruff athletic center on the campus. Jon Reading and Mike Magno teach there. A very good and welcoming group.

Schedule here: http://www.emoryaikikai.com/sched.html

Larry Feldman
09-25-2007, 03:37 PM
I believe there is a school in Marietta, check the Dojo Search engine on this site. If it is the one I am thinking of the instructor's last name is Kelly he is affiliated with Suenaka. I believe he teaches at the "Y".

If you are willing to drive you can check out the classes at www.atlantaaikido.com in the Perimeter area (I-285 and I-400).

ewhip
09-25-2007, 09:24 PM
I believe there is a school in Marietta, check the Dojo Search engine on this site. If it is the one I am thinking of the instructor's last name is Kelly he is affiliated with Suenaka. I believe he teaches at the "Y".

If you are willing to drive you can check out the classes at www.atlantaaikido.com in the Perimeter area (I-285 and I-400).

Thanks! I actually used to be a member of the Concourse gym but let it lapse... :grr: So I already know where it is! LOL.

John Bernhard
10-09-2007, 08:54 PM
I know the feeling. I have no experience with the other schools listed, but I would add the Emory ASU group to the list,; they practice at the Woodruff athletic center on the campus. Jon Reading and Mike Magno teach there. A very good and welcoming group.

Schedule here: http://www.emoryaikikai.com/sched.html

I am going to add my vote for Emory Aikikai with Michael Magno and Jon Reading Sensei's. I was fortunate to train with them for a little while and both got their instruction from some very incredible Sensei's. They are most certainly not a "belt" factor or a Rex Kwon Do school. They are associated with the Aikido schools of Ueshiba (ASU at www.asu.org). I lived up in Symrna when I was training at Emory. Everyone there is extremely welcoming. They do have a website and you can get to it by going to the asu.org site and looking up dojo Index. Hope that helps

ewhip
10-09-2007, 09:29 PM
I am going to add my vote for Emory Aikikai with Michael Magno and Jon Reading Sensei's. I was fortunate to train with them for a little while and both got their instruction from some very incredible Sensei's. They are most certainly not a "belt" factor or a Rex Kwon Do school. They are associated with the Aikido schools of Ueshiba (ASU at www.asu.org). I lived up in Symrna when I was training at Emory. Everyone there is extremely welcoming. They do have a website and you can get to it by going to the asu.org site and looking up dojo Index. Hope that helps

John - thanks for that. My wife works at Emory, so it is appealing. I'm taking a bit of Kenpo soon and really want to delve deeply into Aikido - I have a couple more schools to check out and I will definitely look at Emory. Thanks for your time!

John Bernhard
10-10-2007, 09:23 AM
Eric good thing to shop around, when you shop I would also go and see about trying out a class or two or three before you decide. Talk with the sensei's I know Jon Reading Sensei is on these boards and writes quite a few things about Aikido that are posted on their website. Happy Hunting and welcome to the Aikido family

Bronson
10-10-2007, 01:50 PM
Here are some good articles on selecting a dojo.

http://www.aikiweb.com/training/akiy7.html

http://www.aikiweb.com/training/witt1.html

Bronson

p.s. I can't speak for any of the schools in your area, but I'd really like to train with Lynn some day :D

gdandscompserv
10-10-2007, 02:13 PM
p.s. I can't speak for any of the schools in your area, but I'd really like to train with Lynn some day :D
I had the pleasure of training with Lynn for an all too brief moment at an Ikeda sensei seminar. I would definitely like to train more with him.:D

ewhip
10-10-2007, 07:27 PM
I had the pleasure of training with Lynn for an all too brief moment at an Ikeda sensei seminar. I would definitely like to train more with him.:D

Yes, I want to get up to Roswell Budokan - it's a little far from me, but I want to see it and meet the people. Sounds like a great place that may be worth the drive.
Anyone know anything about the Dogwood Aikikai? It's not too far from me, but I haven't been down there yet. Thanks!

giriasis
10-10-2007, 09:41 PM
Yes, I want to get up to Roswell Budokan - it's a little far from me, but I want to see it and meet the people. Sounds like a great place that may be worth the drive.
Anyone know anything about the Dogwood Aikikai? It's not too far from me, but I haven't been down there yet. Thanks!

Yes, I do. My dojo has a close connection with Dogwood Aikikai, not just because we are the same affiliation either. Their folks often come down for seminars and they are a great group of people. And our Sensei know each other pretty well.

They're aikido is great, too. Blue Spruell is one of the head instructors there and has a strong weapons background (4th dan Iaido). During this past Winter Camp, I took a weapons class he taught and I was very impressed. He gave good instruction and really understood the purpose behind the movements.

Please go there and check them out and tell them one of Sensei Peter's students from Florida Aikikai recommended them.

ewhip
10-10-2007, 10:14 PM
Yes, I do. My dojo has a close connection with Dogwood Aikikai, not just because we are the same affiliation either. Their folks often come down for seminars and they are a great group of people. And our Sensei know each other pretty well.

They're aikido is great, too. Blue Spruell is one of the head instructors there and has a strong weapons background (4th dan Iaido). During this past Winter Camp, I took a weapons class he taught and I was very impressed. He gave good instruction and really understood the purpose behind the movements.

Please go there and check them out and tell them one of Sensei Peter's students from Florida Aikikai recommended them.

Thanks SO much for the info! I love this place! :D

Derek
10-11-2007, 05:47 AM
Eric,

We're having an open house at Roswell Budokan on Saturday if you want to check it out. Please feel welcome.

ewhip
10-11-2007, 09:59 AM
Eric,

We're having an open house at Roswell Budokan on Saturday if you want to check it out. Please feel welcome.

Oh great! I was on your website yesterday but I don't recall seeing anything about it - do you have any details on time, etc? Thanks!

jonreading
10-11-2007, 12:03 PM
Me me! Emory Aikikai is the best. Seriously, you are welcome to stop by class.

John Bernhard
10-11-2007, 08:29 PM
I tried giving you all a plug Reading Sensei.....I really did. :) How you doing? Congrats on Nidan. I know its been a little while, but I haven't been in Atlanta for a little over a year now, back down in Auburn. Good to see you on here.

John

dalen7
10-12-2007, 01:42 PM
Funny thing - I lived in Atlanta 7 years and now that Im in a totally different country in the middle of nowhere, Im taking Aikido - when it appears that Atlanta has a ton of dojos. - well, a few anyway. ;)

When I was in Atlanta I kept kicking around the idea of Wing Chun - I wanted a martial art where I could defend myself against multiple attackers. (Something happened 10 years back when I lived in Hungary previously, that influenced this choice.)
Needless to say I wound up not taking anything, and the same situation happened when I came back to Hungary, but I didnt need any extra skill, I defended myself nicely...but left the guy bleeding.

It was then I decided to try to learn a more peaceful route to defend myself that would not leave the attacker hurt. (of course it depends on the situation) So I took up Aikido, so that I could use a more peaceful means to protect myself and feel that I could defend myself. But now I realize, actually even before I started, that some of these wrist twist, etc. can do worse damage than a little blood squirting out the nose.

So in essence it comes down to inner attitude, and just walking away most of the time.

But, anyway - your question is if there are any places in Atlanta...yes there are a few, and some of the guys from Atlanta that post on here seem pretty cool.

Have fun whatever you choose to do.

peace

dAlen