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05-21-2003, 01:51 AM
I will be leaving for Japan very soon and hope to do some training while I am there. To any people that live, or have lived, and done any aikido training in Japan, what kind of differences can I expect to experience when compared to training in North America?


Thanks

darin
05-21-2003, 03:24 AM
Where in Japan and for how long?

PeterR
05-21-2003, 03:45 AM
And why in the Anonymous section.

akiy
05-21-2003, 11:18 AM
This thread has been moved from the Anonymous forum to the Training forum.

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Johira
05-29-2003, 11:27 AM
This summer I'll be moving to Japan, and I hope to continue my Aikido training. Specifically, I'll be in Kure City, Hiroshima Prefecture.

I am a 5th-kyuu in the Kokon-ryu Aikido Renmei so I'm very much a beginner. The Kokon-ryu emphasizes ki to a large degree but also has some background in more physical styles. It has no schools in Japan, so I will need to study in a new style. I'm okay with that. Anyway, I'm not sure exactly what sort of dojo I'm looking for or even how availible they are in that area for me to pick and choose from.

Should I ask the Shihan in my current school if he will write a recommendation for me? He does not speak or write any Japanese so I don't know if this would mean anything to any dojo I would seek to join in Japan. I am not fluent in Japanese but I do know some and have worked out with a Kendo club in a Japanese school for a semester, so I have a little experience learning a martial art in Japanese.

I guess I just am wondering what I should be looking for when I change dojos and countries, since I am very new to the art but know I want to stick with it for the long term.

Any assistance is appreciated.

Largo
05-29-2003, 11:54 PM
Hey all. As for coming to japan, I wouldn't worry too much about finding something. When you move, look for the local gym/ budokan. They'll usually have a sensei coming in from a home dojo once or twice a week.

I also wouldn't worry about an introduction letter unless you were planning to study the same style. While some people do speak English, if you're in the boonies, its a rare miracle.

You could also ask around. Martial arts here is kinda like playing baseball in the states. Everyone has probably done at least a little, if only in gym class (the school I work at here has kids doing judo and kendo as part of P.E.... I'm so jealous)

If you're really lost, look in the phonebook (I'm assuming you know the kanji for Aikido and Budo).

Peter Goldsbury
05-30-2003, 07:47 AM
This summer I'll be moving to Japan, and I hope to continue my Aikido training. Specifically, I'll be in Kure City, Hiroshima Prefecture.

I am a 5th-kyuu in the Kokon-ryu Aikido Renmei so I'm very much a beginner. The Kokon-ryu emphasizes ki to a large degree but also has some background in more physical styles. It has no schools in Japan, so I will need to study in a new style. I'm okay with that. Anyway, I'm not sure exactly what sort of dojo I'm looking for or even how availible they are in that area for me to pick and choose from.

Should I ask the Shihan in my current school if he will write a recommendation for me? He does not speak or write any Japanese so I don't know if this would mean anything to any dojo I would seek to join in Japan. I am not fluent in Japanese but I do know some and have worked out with a Kendo club in a Japanese school for a semester, so I have a little experience learning a martial art in Japanese.

I guess I just am wondering what I should be looking for when I change dojos and countries, since I am very new to the art but know I want to stick with it for the long term.

Any assistance is appreciated.
Hello,

The organization I belong to (Aikikai) does not have a dojo in Kure, but other organizations might have. Kure is a famous naval base and perhaps the Marine Self-defence Force has a dojo, but I doubt whether it is open to the general public. So, there is a good chance that you might have to travel to Hiroshima or to Mihara/Onomichi. In addition, the time you have available for training might well depend on your job.

My e-mail address is in my profile, so please feel free to communicate with me privately if you wish.

Best regards,

Adrian Smith
06-04-2003, 01:03 AM
I've been training in Aikikai for five months now in Yokosuka, so yes, I'm still a beginner. If you're interested in finding a dojo to train in this style you can check http://www.aikikai.or.jp/ for the Hombu Dojo's website. There are some English language pages there that might be of help.

Alternatively you can try the Yoshinkan Hombu dodo English language website at http://www.yoshinkan-aikido.org/arch_content/01_home.

Good luck!

-Adrian