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Wormwood
08-13-2004, 02:27 PM
In November I will be moving there for at least one year and I am looking for a dojo to join. I would prefer Aikikai for a 'home' dojo, 'cause that's the federation that I am in now, but I would like to visit other dojos as well.

Any suggestions, comments would be helpful. :)

Thanks.

PeterR
08-14-2004, 12:49 AM
There are several Aikikai groups in Osaka. I've trained with a couple of them but for quality Aikido, very focused instruction and multiple practice sessions every day, in my opinion you can not beat Shodokan Honbu (http://homepage2.nifty.com/shodokan/en/index.html).

batemanb
08-14-2004, 02:02 AM
It`s not Osaka, but Kobe is not that far away. If I was back in the area I would be making every attempt to visit the Seibukan dojo. I know someone that used to travel from Kyoto 2 or 3 times a week to train there. Nakao Sensei is well worth the time.

http://tarowx.web.infoseek.co.jp/index.html

rgds

Bryan

darin
08-14-2004, 01:03 PM
Man, I wish I had time to do aikido when I was in Japan. Too busy working...

sisley
08-14-2004, 09:03 PM
Osaka is a large place. Do you know more precisely where you will be staying?

Patrick O'Regan
08-15-2004, 12:45 AM
hi Nathan,
One of my teachers has trained at Shosenji Dojo at Toyonaka which is on the outskirts of Osaka.....I think?

My teacher wrote a review of his experience at:
www.furyu.com
Look for issue 5.

I am pretty sure the dojo is aikikai.

I have attended short seminars conduced by Shimamoto sensei (and his son) and found them to be amazing. Please note that I am only a 2nd kyu.

I hope this helps.

Zato Ichi
08-15-2004, 01:35 AM
One of my teachers has trained at Shosenji Dojo at Toyonaka which is on the outskirts of Osaka.....I think?

Toyonaka is about 10 minutes away on an express train from Hankyu Umeda... not that far out depending on where you're staying, but definately on the borders of the boonies. You could also check out Seagal's old dojo in Juso, Tenshin, although I wouldn't mention him to the sensei there.

Fausto
08-15-2004, 01:56 AM
There is a Bu Iku Kai Dojo is in Osaka.
It was the dojo of Hirokazu Kobayashi Sensei and since he died it is run by 3 of his students which are Yabuuchi Sensei 7°Dan, Kimura Sensei 7°Dan and Emiko Sensei 5° or 6°Dan.

The style is aikikai.

I met Yabuuchi and Emiko Sensei in italy and the have very good aikido, strong and precise.

PeterR
08-15-2004, 02:38 AM
There is a Bu Iku Kai Dojo is in Osaka.
It was the dojo of Hirokazu Kobayashi Sensei and since he died it is run by 3 of his students which are Yabuuchi Sensei 7°Dan, Kimura Sensei 7°Dan and Emiko Sensei 5° or 6°Dan.

The style is aikikai.

I met Yabuuchi and Emiko Sensei in italy and the have very good aikido, strong and precise.
I met Kimura sensei at the last Kansai Aikido Competition. Nice guy and speaks English - always important.

KamiKaze_Evolution
08-15-2004, 09:17 AM
Just cross over Japanese Version of Aikikai Hombu Dojo Homepage (http://www.aikikai.or.jp/Jap/index.htm), there has branch dojos directory. :ai: :ki: :do:

Wormwood
08-15-2004, 07:13 PM
Osaka is a large place. Do you know more precisely where you will be staying?

Sorry, haven't the any idea where I will be staying until a couple of weeks before I go. I am going to be working for a private conversational English school there and they are will be finding a place for me to stay.

Thank you for all of your recommendations. I will try to investigate them all further.

Nathan