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10-16-2012, 09:39 AM
I've been practicing Aikido for about 6 months now, I go to the dojo twice a week, practice solo for an hour or 2 a day and with a friend on the weekends so that we can explore the techniques more in-depth. One of the things that really bugged me for the first 2 months about aikido was how weak I felt performing some of the aikitaiso that the techniques are predicated upon. A lot of it just didn't really seem practical to me insofar as making me a better martial artist and I just chalked it up to weird-ancient-japanese-ceremony. I continue to go along with it because I enjoy the other aspects of Aikido such as the waza and managing the juxtaposition between the self and the counterpart, but I felt like I should be getting more out of the aikitaiso.

The posts by Mr. Harden, Mr. Sigman, and Mr. Orange among others have piqued my interest in Aiki and internal strength. I'm ready to drink the kool-aid and would like to learn more. Anyone have any recommendations about who teaches aiki in MN?


Ellis Amdur
10-16-2012, 10:04 AM
Daniel - Somewhere in the Mn-St. Paul area is a practice group who work the methodology of Su Dong Chen, a really remarkable instructor of Chinese internal martial arts. They are very practically minded. I studied off and on with Su a long time ago - he is formidable and - - - -unique.

I do not have an address - or even a name of the guy running the group there - he was Su's senior trainee in the states over the last couple decades, though.

Ellis Amdur

Dan Rubin
10-16-2012, 10:28 AM
This might be the group that Ellis referred to: http://www.mnai.org/

Ellis Amdur
10-16-2012, 10:46 AM
Thank you Dan - that's the group.
Ellis Amdur