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Cannea
08-30-2009, 10:44 AM
Hello Everyone

I am thinking about taking a traditional Japanese Martial art as I hear it is a great way of building discipline and character. Recently I noticed there is an Aikido dojo right near my campus here in Toronto. I looked it up on the net and I found out that Kimeda Sensei was the head instructor. And I have a few questions:

Has anyone here trained under Kimeda Sensei?
What do you think of his teaching style?
Is the Dojo the right size for the number of students they have?
Is Yoshinkai Aikido useful for self defense (I know a loaded a question right :D ) ?

How long will it take to become proficient at Aikido enough to be able to use it for self defense?

I know that there are allot of commercial "Martial Art Dojo's" that teach pure technique. That is fine, but I am not looking for that. I am very much interested in the type of Martial Art instruction that fosters and builds character, that is why I am thinking of picking up a traditional Japanese Martial Art. Does Kimeda Sensei train the physical and mental aspects of his students?

I know that these are many questions to answer, but I wanted to ask someone outside of the Dojo. Mostly because I am sure that if I went and asked these same question in person at the Dojo the standard answer might be something less then the truth. I had that type of experience asking similar questions at a Karate dojo, the answers that I got was that the head Sensei was the man, that particular Karate style was the deadliest martial art know to mankind and that after studying for 2 years I would be able to leap tall buildings in a single bound and perhaps gain X- ray vision. So it's nice to ask these question of people that do not have a vested interest in me studying at their Dojo. Thanks for your time

Steven
08-30-2009, 05:26 PM
You can't go wrong at Kimeda Sensei's dojo. Your best bet is to go visit the school and talk with the senior instructors and Kimeda Sensei himself if possible.

He is a 9th dan in Yoshinkan Aikido. As for how long it'll take you to get proficient and whether YOUR aikido is effective is really up to you. You get out of your training what you put into it.

Adam Huss
08-30-2009, 07:31 PM
My teacher was a student of Kimeda Sensei and holds him in very high regard. I would like to echo Miranda Sensei's sentiments and recommend you visit the school and see if it is a place you would like to train. I am drawn to Yoshinkan Aikido for its emphasis on detail and martial spirit.

A unique aspect of Kimeda Sensei's school is that he likely still holds Kenshu courses sometime during the year. Kenshu is an intensive study program designed to give students an in-depth practice and understanding of the martial way. This is something rare in my limited experience in the martial arts.

I find the particular teacher at a school is as important, if not more so, than the actual style of martial art being taught. If you try it out and don't have fun then, to you, its not really worth the time and money.

I like traditional Japanese martial arts for the particular reason you seem to be interested in it. Kimeda Sensei should be a good bet for those qualities.

Good luck in your searching and I hope you find something that works out for you. My teacher and my training has changed my life significantly...maybe you can find the same results at Kimeda Sensei's school (I very temporarily trained at one of Kimeda Sensei's satellite schools at the Ohio State University in the USA. While a small school, they embodied much of the martial spirit that drew me to Yoshinkan Aikido in the first place).
cheers,
Adam

crbateman
08-30-2009, 10:59 PM
You get out of your training what you put into it.Not always, but it's nice to think that it's possible... ;)

Cannea
09-01-2009, 11:16 AM
Thanks for the reply Adam, I am definitely going to check the Dojo out and talk to Kimeda Sensei. I also agree with you that the instructor is more important then the style that he teaches. Thanks for the reply and cheers.

aikispike
09-02-2009, 01:10 PM
I hear its pretty good. The assistant instructors are okay too.

:)

Spike

Ron Tisdale
09-02-2009, 01:12 PM
Oh Man...That was good! ;)
B,
R (coming down for Utada's anniversary by any chance?)

aikispike
09-10-2009, 12:36 PM
Did you go?

Thanks for the reply Adam, I am definitely going to check the Dojo out and talk to Kimeda Sensei. I also agree with you that the instructor is more important then the style that he teaches. Thanks for the reply and cheers.

aikispike
09-10-2009, 12:37 PM
R (coming down for Utada's anniversary by any chance?)

I didn't know about it. When is it? I really doubt I can get the time to go, but you never know...

Ron Tisdale
09-10-2009, 12:44 PM
Hi Spike! Good to hear from you again, I hope you and your family are well.

35th Anniversary of the AANA
This year marks Yukio Utada Kancho's 35th year teaching Aikido in the United States, and marks the 35th Anniversary of the founding of the Aikido Association of North America. Please join the Doshinkan Dojo in celebrating Kancho's 35th anniversary, on Saturday, October 10th, 2009 at the Kendrick Recreation Center in the Roxborough section of Philadelphia, PA, and Sunday, October 11th, 2009, at the Mandell Theater on the campus of Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA.

You may register online using the following packages:

35th Anniversary Seminar, Saturday (10am-12pm) - Place: Kendrick Recreation center, 5802 Ridge Ave, Philadelphia, Pa 19128. This price includes the cost of one demo ticket on Sunday, as well as a $5 website processing fee.

35th Anniversary Seminar, Saturday (1pm-3pm) - Place: Kendrick Recreation center, 5802 Ridge Ave, Philadelphia, Pa 19128. This price includes the cost of one demo ticket on Sunday, as well as a $5 website processing fee.

35th Anniversary Demo, Sunday (1pm - 2:30pm) - The demo will be held at the Mandell Theater: 3300 Chestnut St Philadelphia, PA 19104. The price online includes a discounted $10 registration fee, as well as a $5 website processing fee. The cost at the door is $25.

35th Anniversary Seminar and Demo (Everything) - This package includes both training sessions on Saturday October 10th (10a-noon, and 1p-3p, at the Kendrick Recreation center: 5802 Ridge Ave, Philadelphia, Pa 19128), as well as a ticket to the demonstration on Sunday October 11th (1p-2:30p, at the Mandell Theater: 3300 Chestnut St Philadelphia, PA 19104).

All are welcome! You can sign up on the website :http://www.doshinkan-aikido.org/
Best,
Ron

Cannea
09-13-2009, 10:58 PM
Hi Michael

Yes I did go, I am pretty sure I saw you there training two white belts a men and a women. Or at least I think that was you as I got the "Look" as in.... "is that the internet dude Look" :) as I came into the dojo.

I like the way you guys teach, you were helping the two white belts, the other white belts were parred up with black belts and Kimeda Sensei was watching everybody (and correcting them). Even the people that thought they were not being watched :) .

I will come later this week and sign up.