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Greg Hollandsworth
08-12-2010, 08:34 PM
Hello all! My name is Greg Hollandsworth. I'm new to AikiWeb but not new to aikido. I trained in Northern Virginia with Jimmy Sorrentino about 4 years ago and left to get my Doctorate degree. Now I'm living in Washington state and I'm trying to find a dojo near the Tacoma/Olympia area. If I was closer I would drive to George Ledyard's ASU dojo but it's about an hour and half away. If anyone has any suggestions I would greatly appreciate it! I plan on visiting a couple of dojos in Tacoma and one in Olympia but I just wanted see if anyone had any ideas. Thanks!

Michael Hackett
08-14-2010, 11:45 AM
Bruce Bookman Sensei is about 25 miles north of you at TenzinAikido. You can find him here on the dojo search. Wonderful teacher and practitioner.

Greg Hollandsworth
08-18-2010, 11:04 PM
Thanks for the heads up! I'll go check him out.

08-19-2010, 06:59 PM
George Ledyard sensei I believe is in the area. Check the dojo search.

Michael Hackett
08-20-2010, 10:47 AM
Yes, you should check out Ledyard Sensei. I got to train with him at the 2005 AikiExpo and he was not only fun, but patient and helpful with a relative newbie.

Russ Q
08-20-2010, 11:19 AM
Hi Greg,

It's worth the 90 minute drive to go train with him.....(George Sensei that is)

Good luck,


Eric Webber
08-22-2010, 08:00 AM
Hi Greg,
There are a number of very good teachers in your area, and I know of at least three ASU teachers within the general area: Lee Crawford, Darrin McGee, George Ledyard. There are a number of teachers from other organizations that are also very good. I was in the Seattle area last year for the Friendship Seminar with Ikeda Sensei and Heiny Sensei, had an opportunity to experience a lot of good aikido from a variety of organizations. Happy dojo searching.

Insane Duane
02-03-2011, 03:34 PM
I have been going to TenShin Budo Kai Dojo for about 9 years now. I moved from Puyallup to Shelton and still make the trip there. It is located in Tacoma. The website is: http://www.aikidotacoma.org/