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05-25-2008, 06:22 AM
Does anybody know of any dojos in the Anaheim or nearby that's not listed listed on dojo seach? I've either visted those schools or websites already.
I will be in Anaheim for for a couple of weeks and will be relocating to the area at some point and need to find a school that can put up with my slow learning skills and where I will feel comfortable.
05-25-2008, 12:05 PM
There are some incredible teachers within a 25 mile radius of Anaheim, and even closer. I would suggest visiting a few of those that interest you and then deciding which is best for you. Please don't rely too heavily on a dojo website; often they are not quite representative of what the school "feels" like. Use the websites to do a rough cut and then visit a few. You have an embarassment of riches in the area.
05-25-2008, 12:52 PM
IMHO, go to Sensei Dang Thong Phong of Tenshinkai Aikido at the Westminster Aikikai. (my home school).
05-25-2008, 07:45 PM
I would recommend any of the following, all of whom are close by. I have trained with all of these folks, several for over 30 years:
Orange County Buddhist Church Aikido Club
Distance: Within Anaheim, CA Address:909 S. Dale Ave.; Anaheim, CA 92804 Country: United States Instructors: Dan Kawakami, 6th dan Phone: (714) 827-9590 Schedule: MW 7-9pm E-mail: DTKawakami@aol.com URL: http://www.budovideos.com/ocbc/
Distance: 5 miles (West of Anaheim, CA) Address:7217 Orangethorpe Ave., Suite 8; Buena Park, CA 90621 Country: United States Instructors: James M. Nakayama, 6th dan Phone: (714) 523-2255 Schedule: M-Th 6:30pm; Sa 9:30am E-mail: email@example.com URL: http://www.chushin.com Style: Aikikai Affiliation: AAA
Tenshinkai Aikido (Westminster Aikikai)
Distance: 7 miles (Southwest of Anaheim, CA) Address: 8562 Westminster Boulevard; Westminster, CA 92683 Country: United States Instructors: Dang Thong Phong, 6th dan Phone: (714) 894-1003 Fax: (714) 897-9708 Schedule: Su-Sa E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org URL: http://www.tenshinkai.com Style: Aikikai Affiliation: International Tenshinkai Aikido Federation
Distance: 12 miles (Northwest of Anaheim, CA) Address: 6725 South Comstock Avenue; Whittier, CA 90601 Country: United States Instructors: Frank McGouirk, 6th dan Phone: (562) 696-1838 URL: http://www.aikidoai.com Affiliation: CAA (Div II)
05-26-2008, 11:10 AM
In the Yoshinkan Aikido world there are the following:
Sam Combes, 6th dan
1510 S Euclid Avenue Anaheim, CA 92802
David Dye, 4th dan
1360 Logan Ave, Suite #108 Costa Mesa, California 92626
Randy Stoner, 4th dan
California (949) 713-3343
Geordan Reynolds, 5th dan (dojo run by senior student)
17661 Beach Blvd. Huntington Beach, CA 92647
... my biased favoirite
Mits Yamashita, 6th dan
17647 Lakewood Blvd. Bellflower, CA 90706
Phone: (562) 565-7130
You have many schools to choose from. Good luck on your journey.
05-26-2008, 06:04 PM
Check out as many dojos as you can comfortably reach several times a week, and go with whichever feels best to you. It's not a race, so be thorough, and the answer will come to you. That said, don't make any decisions until you have checked out Phong Sensei in Westminster. He's a rare one...
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