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Toby Bazarnick
09-27-2008, 11:59 AM
Hi all,

Could anyone recommend a particular dojo in London? Given only a couple days in the city, with which instructor(s) would you train? I'll be staying in the center of the city for a few nights (Thu-Sat) while doing a 2-day seminar in South Croydon.

Maybe any of the local senior students of Philip Smith Sensei? (Seems he's teaching about 130 miles northwest.) Maybe also Cath Davies? (Can't locate her current dojo.) I understand that Chiba Sensei taught here for many years...recommend any of his students?

Shobu Aikido of Boston (Gleason Sensei - www.shobu.org) is my home dojo. These are links to films of some of teachers whose seminars I've enjoyed:

Saotome Sensei (http://it.youtube.com/watch?v=Sp1WNUThJ9E&feature=related)
Endo Sensei (http://it.youtube.com/watch?v=CeYqboOK7Pk)
Gleason Sensei (http://it.youtube.com/watch?v=VUnI4KYQA64)
Hiroshi Ikeda Sensei (http://it.youtube.com/watch?v=7lF3H8Zp3dQ&feature=related) (warning: mute the volume)
Thanks very much!


Toby Bazarnick
10-13-2008, 02:56 PM
Found a good dojo: http://www.londonaikikai.com/

Davinder Bath, 5th dan was a nice guy, technically proficient and very serious about the spirit and precision of the techniques. In a word, intense.

Friendly atmosphere, good spirit and a classy training area.

Charles Cunningham
10-14-2008, 09:40 AM
I would enthusiastically recommend the Open Aikido Association London dojo, which is affiliated with Y. Kobayashi and is run by Chris Diacopoulos. They practice in the basement of the Finsbury Leisure Centre, a ~5-10 minute walk from the Barbican tube station. I practiced with them for 3 months last year and had a great experience.


Charles Cunningham

James Wyatt
10-14-2008, 02:38 PM
Hi- You are more than welcome to train with us at the Budokwai in Gilston Road in Chelsea see www.thebudokwai.com .

Training is Monday at 7:30 pm to 9:30pm pm and this concentrates on tai jitsu (albeit we do some tanto and kenju from time to time) and Friday 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm which is split between tai jitsu and weapon work (bokken and jo).

The class is run by John Cornish whom trained at the Hombu dojo from 1958-1964 (and made numerous visits back) and was in the same cohort as Chiba Sensei. He also trained at the Kodokan at the same time (under Mifune Sensei amongst others and partnered Donn Draeger).

It is a friendly atmosphere and we have various visiting aikidoka from different organizations including aikikai.

Hopefully see you on the mat!