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04-03-2010, 01:26 AM
Back in the summer of '08 I attended an Aunkai seminar in the DC area. I was very impressed by Akuzawa's abilities and felt some intriguing parallels between the training methods of the Aunkai and training methods used in the koryu that I study. I am interested in exploring the world of internal power in greater depth and I'd like to get a better idea for what my options for instruction might be.

I am currently living in the central Virginia area, a couple of hours south of DC. I am willing to travel to train (and do so on at least a somewhat regular basis), but work, my normal training schedule, and my budget all impose certain restrictions on how much traveling I am able to do (twice-a-year month-long visits to Chen village, for instance, would be a bit tricky to manage right now).

I'd love to find a skilled instructor or study group with whom I could train on a regular basis, but given the (apparent) rarity of quality internal power instruction in the states I'm not optimistic about finding anyone in my area. Still, I thought I'd check and see if anyone on the forum has suggestions.

Private messages are welcome.

David Sims

04-03-2010, 08:45 AM
There's people in the DC area working on Aunkai stuff. There's also a Mike Sigman seminar in the beginning of May that would offer another perspective. The Chen taiji big dogs roll through DC every year it seems as well - might be worth getting hands on with them to get an idea of how different this stuff can be.

04-03-2010, 10:17 AM
I hadn't heard about the seminar with Mr. Sigman yet; do you have a link with more information? Also, any idea who hosts the Chen taiji gentlemen?

Rayleen Dehmke
04-03-2010, 09:50 PM
I never heard of Aunkai before, can't help you there. I am intrigued by internal power now however. I will have to find out more. Hope you get the information you seek.

Kevin Leavitt
04-03-2010, 10:44 PM
There are a number of guys in the DC area that work on this in various ways. The issue you will run into is that most of them are busy, most of them would say that their skills are not worthy of a visit focus on simply internal skills. They are not going to hang themselves out as IT/IS experts and would probably tell you to visit one of the big dawgs when they roll through the area

The real big issue is also that most of us are struggling with our own practices and training to keep it straight and man...only so man hours in the day!

There were a few guys in the area that were getting together occassionally to practice things...they read aikiweb so if they are interested, I am sure they will get in touch.

04-04-2010, 08:06 PM
Here's the link to the Mike Sigman seminar - no idea if there's any space left, but here you go:


04-05-2010, 06:36 PM
Thanks to everyone for the helpful responses. I'm still seeking more information, but I'm well ahead of where I was when I first posted.

Kevin Leavitt
04-05-2010, 10:26 PM
David, just noticed you are from Charlottesville. Just drove through a few hours ago. Cool. I will be moving back down there in a few years. Maybe we will meet up someday!

04-06-2010, 09:59 PM
Hi Kevin,

It would be great to meet up, though I suspect that in a few year's time I'll be looking to move up to the DC area. I love Charlottesville and I love my work here, but making the drive to train is getting a bit old.

04-07-2010, 04:57 AM
I'd love to find a skilled instructor or study group with whom I could train on a regular basis, but given the (apparent) rarity of quality internal power instruction in the states I'm not optimistic about finding anyone in my area.

Hi David,

I know a few excellent aikido, taijiquan, and karate teachers in the DC Metro area. I'm not exactly sure what you mean by "internal power" though. Feel free to PM, and I can PM you some training sites that I know about.


04-11-2010, 11:31 PM
There is a guy Alex Lee. Probably he's in Maryland now.

You can see his posting here... and there's his email address too.


Alex Lee
04-30-2010, 01:53 PM
Thanks folks. David and I got to meet.

If anyone else is interested, I am trying to get together something little more regular of a study session. Its more Aunkai focus but I'm open other formats.

It really helps to work with different body and skill types to gauge progression so more the merrier.