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07-21-2004, 01:51 PM
My name's Jay. I studied Aikido for a short time in Florida at the Brevard Aikiai and loved every minute of it. I'm interested in training again. I am looking for a dojo that works with the spiritual side of Aikido just as much as the technical/physical parts. If there are any close to Groton CT, even in RI I'd be really interested in hearing about them. Thanks for your time.


07-22-2004, 10:07 AM
Hi Jay,

Welcome, and thank you for your intrduction!

-- Jun

RP Maguire
08-18-2004, 03:45 PM
Dear Jay,

Sensei Robert Burns Aikifarms at Ledyard, CT has a very spiritually oriented dojo and farm. It is difficult to find.


I decided that the balance of concentration and zazen and spirituality was not right for me. I get my 'soul cleaning' through simple active training of the art, without thinking about it too much. But I'd wholeheartedly recommend to anyone who wants a little more spiritual emphasis.
I am still looking for Aikido dojo in the Groton area, so if you hear of anything, please drop me a line.



Tom Kaluzynski
09-27-2004, 12:18 PM
Hi, new here, but if you are in groton, try the connecticut aikikai with mike sidebottom sensei, it's 45 min on the 95 but worth the drive. I tried the other dojo, and I think it may be the age of the instructor, but I like the real "training" you get with sidebottom sensei (no offense). Unfortunately, I moved out of the area, but I miss that it is worth the drive. Good luck.

09-27-2004, 04:10 PM
I don't know if you're near this group: http://www.shobu.org/ct.php Rob Liberti is a long time student of Bill Gleason Sensei. His aikido is wonderful, very dynamic and fluid. His ukemi is amazing. Good luck in any event.

11-20-2004, 06:11 PM
I would honestly suggest that you check out the Iwama dojo in Rhode Island as far as quality and nearness... I started also teaching in Middletown and at Yale if you want to visit - although neither is very "close" - but you (and anyone else) are very welcome to come train with me.

Hi Steven, long time no see!