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Darren Raleigh
04-05-2004, 02:18 PM

I'm going to be moving to the Joplin, Missouri area and I'm looking for a dojo in the area (close enough to attend).

Y'know any?


John Boswell
04-05-2004, 02:55 PM
Dojo Tatsumaki Dojo (single)

Distance: 66 miles (Southeast of Joplin, MO)

Address: 103 S. Blair; Springdale, AR 72764 (Map)

Country: United States

Instructors: Randy Beard

Phone: (501) 751-3433

Fax: (501) 751-3433

Schedule: M-Sa

E-mail: aikibeard@hotmail.com

Affiliation: Aikibujutsu Tanren Kenkyukai

Admin: [?] Last Updated: December 23rd, 2003

by aikibeard@hotmail.com

Dojo N.W.A. Aikido Dojo (single)

Distance: 66 miles (Southeast of Joplin, MO)

Address: 633 Sanders Av; Springdale, AR 72764 (Map)

Country: United States

Instructors: Jason Moreland

Phone: (479) 306-4853

E-mail: jmoreland@centurytel.net

URL: http://www.gyokushinkan.com

Style: Aikikai

Affiliation: AAA

Admin: [?] Last Updated: December 9th, 2003

by jmoreland@centurytel.net

Dojo Springfield Aikido (single)

Distance: 67 miles (East of Joplin, MO)

Address: Rm 116, McDonald Arena, SMSU; Springfield, MO 65810 (Map)

Country: United States

Instructors: Chuck Renner, 3rd dan

Schedule: WF 6-8pm

E-mail: herat@umr.edu

URL: http://studentorganizations.smsu.edu/aikido/

Style: Aikikai

Affiliation: USAF East

Admin: [?] Last Updated: June 2nd, 2003

by herat@umr.edu

Dojo Fayetteville Aikido Club (single)

Distance: 73 miles (South of Joplin, MO)

Address: 2108 N College Ave; Fayetteville, AR

Country: United States

Instructors: Ed Mink, 3rd dan

Phone: (501) 582-5425

Fax: (501) 582-5425

Schedule: MWSa

E-mail: edwards@arkansas.net

Style: Tomiki

Affiliation: Japan Aikido Association

Admin: [?] Last Updated: February 9th, 1998

Looks like you have about an hour's drive regardless. Still... could be worse.

I've heard of Jason Moreland, but not enough to comment. Anyone know these instructors?

Good luck, Darren! Have fun! :D

Darren Raleigh
04-05-2004, 03:02 PM
Thanks! I'm not sure that any of those are close enough - with my 12-hour workdays. But thanks for going to the trouble to make the list. I wonder why nobody's teaching in Joplin?

John Boswell
04-05-2004, 03:11 PM
After some looking around on Google, I've found a few 10th dan "Soke" types specifically in Joplin.

You might check out E-budo in your search for an instructor. Personal opinion: if they say they are "soke" or "grandmaster", don't believe it until you can varify it with a legitimate international organization OR if they are affilitated with a legitimate international organization.

Hombu keeps records on all black belts issued by them.

Keep lookin... there's people out there!

Best of luck,


Darren Raleigh
04-05-2004, 03:31 PM
Thanks! I'll check them out. I also admit to a degree of skepticism at the word "Soke," but I have to admit that it's possible.

Thanks again!

04-05-2004, 05:40 PM
Check the current issue of Black Belt Magazine for George Dillman's comment on the 10th degree Sokes.

r erman
09-27-2004, 06:00 PM
I don't know if you are in Joplin yet, but John Karriman sensei runs Butokuden West Aikikai in Joplin, MO. I believe the number is 417.623.2836(BUDO).


Rob Erman

09-27-2004, 11:31 PM
No aikikai in Joplin that I know of, but I will second Rob's suggestion to look up John Karriman. John teaches in the Kokoro Ryu system of jujutsu, but with a strong influence from the aiki side of the house. He spent some years training with Saotome, among others.

Good folks. If you go see 'em, tell 'em howdy from their long lost cousin in Bavaria.