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DH
10-11-2011, 02:08 PM
We have a small group interested in doing a seminar. If anyone is interested please write me at dojoseminars@gmail.com or even here is fine.
I will need to know over the next couple of weeks.
Cost will be $175.00
And I will be doing a Frid. night 6-9
Sat 9-6 with some sort of lunch
Sund 9-1 lunch
Sunday afternoon and night will be private training with prior students only.
Maybe a Mon. open class as well.

We will be doing internal training and some applications of aiki in jujutsu drills.
hope to see you there.
Dan

Janet Rosen
10-11-2011, 06:13 PM
{waving arms}
OOOH OOOH!
Yes, any session open to first timer.

BWells
10-11-2011, 07:17 PM
Sent a separate email, but I'll wave my arms to attend this one too:drool:

DH
10-11-2011, 11:25 PM
{waving arms}
OOOH OOOH!
Yes, any session open to first timer.
Waiving arms for me??
I don't know which of us will be more excited to meet the other. You know I have been a fan of yours for years. So I will be first up with hugs and pokes and laughter.
We have to see how many want to come though. There are two small groups who asked me to come out, so let's see how it plays out, kiddo. Good grief, Dinner is on me no matter what!!
All the best
Dan

DH
10-11-2011, 11:28 PM
Sent a separate email, but I'll wave my arms to attend this one too:drool:
Helo Bruce I got it, and I will let you know if it's possible.
Cheers
Dan

Janet Rosen
10-12-2011, 12:21 AM
Its possible the only person more tickled at the prospect of you and I finally meeting IRL will be Cady! Dan, seriously, anything that might help smooth the way for getting you out here, just holler.

Michael Varin
10-12-2011, 03:29 AM
Oh my goodness. . .

I have a wedding to go to that weekend and I'm already trying to find a way to skip it.

I missed the LA workshop, and I'd really like to get a chance to finally understand what Dan is doing.

You guys might have one more to put on the list.

Cady Goldfield
10-12-2011, 10:08 AM
Its possible the only person more tickled at the prospect of you and I finally meeting IRL will be Cady! Dan, seriously, anything that might help smooth the way for getting you out here, just holler.

I'm am absolutely thrilled that you are, and wish with all my heart that I could be there too.

jzimba
10-12-2011, 10:09 AM
Hey Dan, I'm in for as long as you'll have me! what's that saying about mountains and mohammed?

JoelWe have a small group interested in doing a seminar. If anyone is interested please write me at dojoseminars@gmail.com or even here is fine.
I will need to know over the next couple of weeks.
Cost will be $175.00
And I will be doing a Frid. night 6-9
Sat 9-6 with some sort of lunch
Sund 9-1 lunch
Sunday afternoon and night will be private training with prior students only.
Maybe a Mon. open class as well.

We will be doing internal training and some applications of aiki in jujutsu drills.
hope to see you there.
Dan

jzimba
10-12-2011, 10:11 AM
even if Janet will be there. ;)

Z
{waving arms}
OOOH OOOH!
Yes, any session open to first timer.

DH
10-12-2011, 10:25 AM
Hey Dan, I'm in for as long as you'll have me! what's that saying about mountains and mohammed?

Joel
Hi Bud, We can still redo a Baltimore seminar. The listing here got killed due to a certain indibivual. Want to try? Do we have a venue? I can re-list it and save the requirements for private correspondance, and go from there. If I am going to do it, I am going to have fun doing it without the drama or I'm not coming.
Dan

Janet Rosen
10-12-2011, 10:35 AM
Hey! I get to play w/ Joel after, what, twelve years?! OK now how do we get Cady out here....

ChrisHein
10-12-2011, 11:43 AM
I'm not sure that I can make it that weekend, but I would love to come check out what Dan is doing.

jzimba
10-12-2011, 11:44 AM
Hey dan,

Let's match up calendars. I'm thinking we're in December at the earliest. I have two venues which are a "go" save for a few infrequent events which happen in the evenings anyway.

Still interested in SF though!

You've got my number.

Z
Hi Bud, We can still redo a Baltimore seminar. The listing here got killed due to a certain indibivual. Want to try? Do we have a venue? I can re-list it and save the requirements for private correspondance, and go from there. If I am going to do it, I am going to have fun doing it without the drama or I'm not coming.
Dan

DH
10-12-2011, 11:49 AM
Hey dan,

Let's match up calendars. I'm thinking we're in December at the earliest. I have two venues which are a "go" save for a few infrequent events which happen in the evenings anyway.

Still interested in SF though!

You've got my number.

Z
I'm booked in December, Joel

Gary David
10-12-2011, 03:54 PM
Dan
Give me some more details and maybe I can make my way up there from So Cal.
Gary

Janet Rosen
10-22-2011, 04:26 PM
Pinging this thread up just to check in with Dan - HI, DAN!! (waving towards England) hoping for an update and of course a positive one as in Yes it's happening .... so my time and $ planning can account for it.....
besides me I know of two "absolutely yes" and one highly likely....

DH
10-28-2011, 08:07 AM
So
We have about 22 people who can make this last minute shindig. We still need a venue if we are going to pull it off. I need to firm it up in a day or to or we can't do it till at least Jan.
Any one have any ideas on a place we can use?
Cheers
Dan

BWells
10-28-2011, 12:49 PM
Well our ADV dojo in concord is a possibility. Same place were we held the California Aiki Web Labor Day weekend. I need to confirm with Rick Sensie to make sure he would be ok with this. Will not see him until Sat morning. Also, since on the 12th we have a regular class scheduled, will need to figure out what Rick wants to do with that. But anyway assuming I can clear all this, would Concord be too far away for those wanting to attend?

Janet Rosen
10-28-2011, 01:21 PM
Concord is about 30 miles east/northeast of downtown San Francisco, about 45 minutes by car or BART. Access from airport, south bay not bad.
I'm coming from Up North so it's all of a piece to me....

BWells
10-28-2011, 02:13 PM
To elaborate on Janet's message, the link below has a map to the dojo.

http://www.advdojo.org/newmap.html

The address is :
Aikido of DiabloValley
1674 Challenge Drive, Concord, Ca 94520
phone: 925-676-6763

BWells
10-29-2011, 04:01 PM
Well I have received permission to offer the ADV dojo for this session.

Thanks
Bruce

Janet Rosen
10-29-2011, 06:43 PM
Cool.
BTW if anybody is heading to Bay Area from points north, I am driving down from Ukiah - all the way down 101 if to SF; cutting over via 37 through Vallejo if to Concord, if anybody needs a ride in on the Friday.

DH
11-01-2011, 10:55 AM
So the seminar is a go...and it is already ful. Email me at dojoseminars@gmail.com if you have NOT heard back from me.
I am still without power, and I am doing everything by phone, so be patient.
See you there.
Dan

DTo elaborate on Janet's message, the link below has a map to the dojo.

http://www.advdojo.org/newmap.html

The address is :
Aikido of DiabloValley
1674 Challenge Drive, Concord, Ca 94520
phone: 925-676-6763

Janet Rosen
11-01-2011, 11:26 AM
So the seminar is a go...and it is already ful. Email me at dojoseminars@gmail.com if you have NOT heard back from me.
I am still without power, and I am doing everything by phone, so be patient.
See you there.
Dan

D

Dan, emailing + PMing you w/ contact info in case you need transport from airport or any other pre seminar stuff.

DH
11-01-2011, 11:43 AM
Dan, emailing + PMing you w/ contact info in case you need transport from airport or any other pre seminar stuff.
Thanks kiddo
I got the earlier one about some sight seeing together. I might be staying with a couple I know in SF, but they might have to work. So I might be up for a lovely lady taking me for a tour...;)
I will be in town Friday mid morning and the seminar is in concord that night ...so that isn't a lot of time.
see you soon
Dan

BWells
11-01-2011, 12:25 PM
Just an FYI. The Friday session starts at 6 but I'll be at the dojo around 4:30 if some one comes early. Note that up till 4:30 no one will be at the dojo that day.

Janet Rosen
11-01-2011, 01:09 PM
Thanks kiddo
I got the earlier one about some sight seeing together. I might be staying with a couple I know in SF, but they might have to work. So I might be up for a lovely lady taking me for a tour...;)
I will be in town Friday mid morning and the seminar is in concord that night ...so that isn't a lot of time.
see you soon
Dan

Sounds like we can easily connect before noon without me having to sacrifice TOO much beauty sleep (Mendo time is akin to Island time.... :) )

Janet Rosen
11-02-2011, 10:43 PM
OK... any out of towners besides me looking for place to sleep for this seminar? Any locals have space to offer or anybody wanting to share motel costs? Shoot me a PM.

MM
11-03-2011, 09:42 AM
OK... any out of towners besides me looking for place to sleep for this seminar? Any locals have space to offer or anybody wanting to share motel costs? Shoot me a PM.

Would love to be out there for this one, meet, and say hi. :) But, doesn't look like I'll make it.

Janet Rosen
11-03-2011, 11:17 AM
Someday, Mark!

Rob Watson
11-07-2011, 07:52 PM
Managed to through my back out this weekend ... dancing with 8 year olds should not be taken lightly.

RICEing my way towards being good enough to attend ...

Janet Rosen
11-07-2011, 08:58 PM
Looking forward to meeting you Rob. I'm nursing a cold and taking it very easy to be ready....

DH
11-08-2011, 03:46 AM
Whew...me too. I'm nursing....uhm....er....something. And I'm doing it with snorkling, scuba diving, daily massages, and coconut drinks in the sun...
I think I need juuuust a few more days....:D

Janet Rosen
11-08-2011, 09:47 AM
Whew...me too. I'm nursing....uhm....er....something. And I'm doing it with snorkling, scuba diving, daily massages, and coconut drinks in the sun...
I think I need juuuust a few more days....:D

Oh you POOR POOR fella....at least you'll be nice and relaxed when you meet all us TENSE aikido people! :)

Janet Rosen
11-08-2011, 08:58 PM
HEY DAN! I have some of my homemade kimchee. You want I should bring some down to the Bay Area so we can have more, um, like Phi says, "ki"? :-)

jzimba
11-09-2011, 11:42 AM
I may have already left my heart here. Civilization... a beautiful thing. Was there an e-mail with venue information? I may have missed it in the scramble. If so, please forward.

See y'all Fri.

Z

Janet Rosen
11-09-2011, 12:00 PM
http://www.advdojo.org/newmap.html

The address is :
Aikido of DiabloValley
1674 Challenge Drive, Concord, Ca 94520
phone: 925-676-6763

http://www.aikiweb.com/forums/images/buttons/report.gif (http://www.aikiweb.com/forums/report.php?p=295483)

phitruong
11-09-2011, 01:31 PM
HEY DAN! I have some of my homemade kimchee

kimchee, food of the god...as in OOOOH GOOOOODDDD!

reminded me, one of my college house mate, a korean, whose mom whenever she came to visit, she would bring a clay jar of kimchee. he opened that thing, and my eyes watered from across the room, then the paint, on the wall behind me, peeled off. he ate it and he was crying, sweating and in lots of pain, but totally happy. i ate it once, only once, and i had to shove a freezer up my behind for days after. i think kimchee should be listed under WMD or at the very least, paint stripper or possibly for metal etching. then there was the curry pickled mango from an Indian friend which should be in the same category. :D

Howard Popkin
11-09-2011, 07:05 PM
Phi,

Forget martial arts - go into comedy :)

kimchee, food of the god...as in OOOOH GOOOOODDDD!

reminded me, one of my college house mate, a korean, whose mom whenever she came to visit, she would bring a clay jar of kimchee. he opened that thing, and my eyes watered from across the room, then the paint, on the wall behind me, peeled off. he ate it and he was crying, sweating and in lots of pain, but totally happy. i ate it once, only once, and i had to shove a freezer up my behind for days after. i think kimchee should be listed under WMD or at the very least, paint stripper or possibly for metal etching. then there was the curry pickled mango from an Indian friend which should be in the same category. :D

Janet Rosen
11-13-2011, 08:51 PM
First, the huge THANK YOUs:
To Dan, for being Dan
To Gerardo and Natasha, for suggesting he visit northern Calif and generally paving the way
To Rick and the folks at ADV, for being willing to host so graciously on such short notice
To all the others who attended, for training with open hearts

Second, in the spirit of the Aikido Wag of the East Coast....a review from a confused newbie....

So, I guess I got my locations mixed up; I thought it was the Popkin Bar Mitzvah, but when I showed up, they said "No, its a Dan seminar." I said "Well, too bad, I"m just a brown belt." They told me to shut up and train.
There was a guy talking something about Japanese arts and about bows, so I thought it was a class on that cool gift wrapping thing they do. They told me no, it has a martial application, so I thought "Cool! Never did kyudo before." But they never brought out a target, just a whiteboard that kept falling down so I guess he was demonstrating no-touch throws. Finally he got his ki under control and started drawing circles and arrows.
I started to get nervous about missing the Popkin Bar Mitzvah but they said to shut up and train, here push this guy. So I pushed him and he stood there. So I pushed him harder and he stood there but I didn't feel like I was pushing him. So I got all Brooklyn on him and pushed really hard with a lot of attitude and then I wasn't pushing anymore because I was moving up, down and around like it was a carnival ride.
I've got a whole lot of notes about stuff I'm supposed to practice, which I guess I have time to work on since I don't have to write a note saying Thank You for inviting me to the Popkin Bar Mitzvah.

phitruong
11-14-2011, 07:43 AM
So, I guess I got my locations mixed up; I thought it was the Popkin Bar Mitzvah, but when I showed up, they said "No, its a Dan seminar." I said "Well, too bad, I"m just a brown belt." They told me to shut up and train.


hey, sounded like you and i went to each other seminars. my seminar was very touchy, feely californian stuffs. we were told to get in touch with our inner women thing. i think our seminar locations got switch some how. i tell you that those martial arts organizers need some reorganizing.

Thomas Campbell
11-14-2011, 01:54 PM
So I got all Brooklyn on him and pushed really hard with a lot of attitude

:)

mathewjgano
11-14-2011, 02:10 PM
There was a guy talking something about Japanese arts and about bows, so I thought it was a class on that cool gift wrapping thing they do. They told me no, it has a martial application, so I thought "Cool! Never did kyudo before."

Well kyudos to you! :D

Howard Popkin
11-14-2011, 02:44 PM
sorry I missed the bar-mitzvah, but it sounds like you got lots of good presents !

Marc Abrams
11-14-2011, 03:15 PM
sorry I missed the bar-mitzvah, but it sounds like you got lots of good presents !

Howie:

You missed your own bar mitzvah! Oy Vhey! What is your mother going to think? :eek: Next thing you know, you will become one of them.....

Marc Abrams

Howard Popkin
11-14-2011, 03:23 PM
:)

Janet Rosen
11-14-2011, 03:33 PM
Well kyudos to you! :D

Dang, I'm slipping, somebody ELSE slipped a pun in before me...must be getting all dazed and confused thanks to Dan. Yeah. I'm going to blame it on him :)

Janet Rosen
11-14-2011, 03:34 PM
sorry I missed the bar-mitzvah, but it sounds like you got lots of good presents !

Dunno about that, but I think we gave Dan a very nice reception!

Janet Rosen
11-14-2011, 03:45 PM
In all seriousness: I wasn't planning to do an actual "seminar review" because I don't have much to add to what others (with way more years and experience in aikido) have said before after having a chance to meet and train w/ Dan. There is one thing I would like to address, which is the often-bandied about phrase "It has to be felt", used on aikiweb so often that it merits its own "IHTBF"

I had always taken this to mean that one has to be on the receiving end of Dan's stuff to truly gauge what it is. Now that is certainly true. But it applies just as much to the learning process.

I am lousy on learning movement in terms of really gross movement like stepping and turning. But I am one of those people who has the mixed blessing/curse of being very very sensitive to changes within my body - I've always been able to feel and relate whether a sensation or pain was coming from an organ or a muscle or something else, for instance.
So usually it is fairly easy for me to follow an instruction whether it's anatomic/physiologic, like engage your lats or do a Valsalva or more energetic, like breathe into your low back or move the heat from your head to your hands.
But there is NO WAY I could have correctly done most of what Dan was asking of us without his hands isolating on my body what to keep still/not engage and what to focus on engaging. A couple of the very basic things I was taught this wkend I still can't do but at least having had them isolated and felt, I can call upon that and focus on learning to isolate and engage.
So...yeah....videos pointless, even talking pointless....IHTBF!

Marc Abrams
11-14-2011, 04:45 PM
In all seriousness: I wasn't planning to do an actual "seminar review" because I don't have much to add to what others (with way more years and experience in aikido) have said before after having a chance to meet and train w/ Dan. There is one thing I would like to address, which is the often-bandied about phrase "It has to be felt", used on aikiweb so often that it merits its own "IHTBF"

I had always taken this to mean that one has to be on the receiving end of Dan's stuff to truly gauge what it is. Now that is certainly true. But it applies just as much to the learning process.

I am lousy on learning movement in terms of really gross movement like stepping and turning. But I am one of those people who has the mixed blessing/curse of being very very sensitive to changes within my body - I've always been able to feel and relate whether a sensation or pain was coming from an organ or a muscle or something else, for instance.
So usually it is fairly easy for me to follow an instruction whether it's anatomic/physiologic, like engage your lats or do a Valsalva or more energetic, like breathe into your low back or move the heat from your head to your hands.
But there is NO WAY I could have correctly done most of what Dan was asking of us without his hands isolating on my body what to keep still/not engage and what to focus on engaging. A couple of the very basic things I was taught this wkend I still can't do but at least having had them isolated and felt, I can call upon that and focus on learning to isolate and engage.
So...yeah....videos pointless, even talking pointless....IHTBF!

Janet:

Glad that you finally got some hands on with Dan. Videos and talking may be pointless, but the laughing and good times during the seminar = priceless...

Marc Abrams

BWells
11-14-2011, 05:19 PM
Janet:

Glad that you finally got some hands on with Dan. Videos and talking may be pointless, but the laughing and good times during the seminar = priceless...

Marc Abrams

And done forget the beer or wine waza after the day's training!!!:D