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Peter Wong
05-25-2008, 05:22 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.

Many thanks!!

Michael Hackett
05-25-2008, 11:05 AM

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, 11:52 AM
IMHO, go to Sensei Dang Thong Phong of Tenshinkai Aikido at the Westminster Aikikai. (my home school).

Gary David
05-25-2008, 06:45 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/

Chushinkan Dojo
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: info@chushin.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: sensei@tenshinkai.com URL: http://www.tenshinkai.com Style: Aikikai Affiliation: International Tenshinkai Aikido Federation

Aikido Ai
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)

Have fun......

05-26-2008, 10:10 AM
In the Yoshinkan Aikido world there are the following:

Sam Combes, 6th dan
1510 S Euclid Avenue Anaheim, CA 92802
Phone: (714)774-5730

David Dye, 4th dan
1360 Logan Ave, Suite #108 Costa Mesa, California 92626
Phone:(714) 557-6372

Randy Stoner, 4th dan
California (949) 713-3343

Geordan Reynolds, 5th dan (dojo run by senior student)
17661 Beach Blvd. Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Phone: (949)495-9216

... 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, 05:04 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...