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George S. Ledyard
07-19-2012, 11:52 PM
Arizona Aikido will host the annual Prescott Bridge Seminar in Prescott Arizona

Roster:
Hiroshi Ikeda, Mary Heiny, George Ledyard, Lia Suzuki, and Roger Fenneman

Location:
Emmanuel Pines Camp
3000 Spence Springs Road
Prescott, AZ 86305

Registration and Info (http://www.azaikido.com/Static/Fall_Bridge_Seminar_Registration_2012.html)

Pdf Flyer (http://www.azaikido.org/userimages/20120704001.pdf)

Prescott Bridge Seminar on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Annual-Prescott-Aikido-Bridge-Seminar/373597202664550)

George S. Ledyard
07-30-2012, 12:32 PM
Tentative Schedule for the Prescott Bridge Seminar (http://www.azaikido.org/userimages/20120724001.pdf)

MM
07-30-2012, 01:11 PM
If you're undecided, I would suggest going. :D

Personal experiences:

Ikeda - Made over and above effort to get his hands on every attendee and work with them. Is doing some great stuff. Very connected body and can take center on contact. Sometimes struggles with language barrier but makes a strong, honest effort to try to explain what he's doing.

Heiny - Wonderful teacher. Very perceptive eye on what you're doing wrong and how to fix it. Very connected body and can take center on contact. Very good at explaining what to do and how to do it. Is doing some great stuff.

Ledyard - Of the three, I have only had a very brief time on the mat with George and it was outside of aikido. But, I will say that he was friendly, dedicated, and hard working. There was no ego, no trappings of rank. He had a genuine smile and a sharp mind. So, while I can't say anything about his aikido because I haven't had the fortune, yet, to experience it ... I can say that if the short time I was able to train with him is any indication of his skills and abilities in the aikido world, I think you'd find yourself in more than capable hands with George -- as an aikidoka, as a teacher, and as a person.

Not a seminar to miss with these three.

It really is a good time in the US for martial arts right now. We have a lot of great teachers out there. It's very much worth getting out and experiencing them.

Mark

cguzik
07-30-2012, 02:50 PM
Mark, George Sensei, (or anyone else who has been that wants to chime in),

What's the lodging like? (Cabins, dorm-style rooms, with or without room-mates, etc?). I have been to some camps with dorm-style rooms where attendees should bring their own sleeping bag or bedding... just wondering if that's the case for this camp?

Thanks,

Chris

cguzik
07-30-2012, 03:45 PM
Mark, George Sensei, (or anyone else who has been that wants to chime in),

What's the lodging like? (Cabins, dorm-style rooms, with or without room-mates, etc?). I have been to some camps with dorm-style rooms where attendees should bring their own sleeping bag or bedding... just wondering if that's the case for this camp?

Thanks,

Chris

For those interested, I just found the answer to the above question at http://www.azaikido.com/

phitruong
08-01-2012, 07:31 PM
Ikeda - Made over and above effort to get his hands on every attendee and work with them. Is doing some great stuff. Very connected body and can take center on contact. Sometimes struggles with language barrier but makes a strong, honest effort to try to explain what he's doing.

Heiny - Wonderful teacher. Very perceptive eye on what you're doing wrong and how to fix it. Very connected body and can take center on contact. Very good at explaining what to do and how to do it. Is doing some great stuff.

Ledyard - Of the three, I have only had a very brief time on the mat with George and it was outside of aikido. But, I will say that he was friendly, dedicated, and hard working. There was no ego, no trappings of rank. He had a genuine smile and a sharp mind. So, while I can't say anything about his aikido because I haven't had the fortune, yet, to experience it ... I can say that if the short time I was able to train with him is any indication of his skills and abilities in the aikido world, I think you'd find yourself in more than capable hands with George -- as an aikidoka, as a teacher, and as a person.

Mark

second. uke for all three at one time or another. can't go wrong with anyone of them. unfortunately i burned my annual allowances attending seminars with two of the three. so many people to see, so little time and money. for folks in the vicinity, you have no idea how lucky you are.

George S. Ledyard
08-02-2012, 01:41 PM
For those interested, I just found the answer to the above question at http://www.azaikido.com/

This is definitely a "rustic" experience. This is held at a church camp and there are cabins which you share with roommates. It's a great way to meet or hang with friends. It's not ideal for couples... Genie and I typically stay in town (Prescott). Last year we actually stayed in the hotel at which the dinner / dance party was held and that was great because we didn't have to drive when the part ended (we closed down the dancing, of course).

Food is standard cafeteria quality food. If yo are picky, you can stay in town. But if not, staying in a cabin and eating in the dining hall makes this one of the most economical events of the type you could go to. Basically, once you are there, there's no need to spend any additional money at all.

- George

George S. Ledyard
08-02-2012, 01:46 PM
If you're undecided, I would suggest going. :D

Personal experiences:

Ikeda - Made over and above effort to get his hands on every attendee and work with them. Is doing some great stuff. Very connected body and can take center on contact. Sometimes struggles with language barrier but makes a strong, honest effort to try to explain what he's doing.

Heiny - Wonderful teacher. Very perceptive eye on what you're doing wrong and how to fix it. Very connected body and can take center on contact. Very good at explaining what to do and how to do it. Is doing some great stuff.

Ledyard - Of the three, I have only had a very brief time on the mat with George and it was outside of aikido. But, I will say that he was friendly, dedicated, and hard working. There was no ego, no trappings of rank. He had a genuine smile and a sharp mind. So, while I can't say anything about his aikido because I haven't had the fortune, yet, to experience it ... I can say that if the short time I was able to train with him is any indication of his skills and abilities in the aikido world, I think you'd find yourself in more than capable hands with George -- as an aikidoka, as a teacher, and as a person.

Not a seminar to miss with these three.

It really is a good time in the US for martial arts right now. We have a lot of great teachers out there. It's very much worth getting out and experiencing them.

Mark

Don't forget Lia Suzuki Sensei... she is a senior student of Takeda Yoshinobu Shihan. Takeda Sensei is one of the most senior students of the great Yamaguchi Sensei and he has a very interesting take on Aikido. Lia Sensei is a really excellent instructor and does a fabulous job of presenting the Aikido of her teacher.

Also, Roger Fenneman is a Chinese martial arts teacher and does some great classes. I have really enjoyed the classes I did with him.

Overall, this is one of the great events of the year. It's excellent training and one of the most fun events I attend.