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09-20-2004, 12:54 PM
I say thank you because I think I have found what I've been searching for all along. I'm brand new to Aikido and have yet to decide on a dojo here in Seattle, Wa. I've been spending much of my time reading about the history of the art and the beliefs that it was founded on. I must say I'm very excited to have found something so pure and so inspiring.
Any good recommendations for a dojo in Washington would be much appreciated, thank you.
Welcome, and thank you for your introduction!
As far as looking for a dojo, here's my "form letter" on the subject when people ask me about finding a "good" dojo near them.
I can't give you a recommendation for any dojo in your area, but here are some suggestions to help you choose a dojo.
Go visit all of the dojo in your area within a reasonable driving distance and observe a few classes at each of them. As aikido is not just something to be taken up and tossed away like some brief hobby, I think it's worth the time to do this -- especially if you're thinking about enrolling your child in a class, for instance. Never go by the "reputation" of a dojo alone.
Watch how the teacher interacts with his/her students. Watch how the students interact with their teacher. Watch how the students interact with each other. See if you feel comfortable with the way all of these interactions play out. It's often said that you can tell the quality of any kind of school by its students...
Don't be afraid to ask questions. Ask about the school's history and affiliation. Ask about the teacher's aikido history. Ask about the teacher's philosophy in doing aikido. See if any of their answers feels "different" than what you see being practiced and taught.
Do some research on aikido. Some good sites on the Internet include the Aikido FAQ <http://www.aikidofaq.com> and AikiWeb <http://www.aikiweb.com>.
Basically, a good yardstick to use if to think if the dojo itself is some place you want to be practicing for the next five years, probably at least two to three times a week.
In any case, you may want to try using the AikiWeb Dojo Search Engine to look for a dojo in your area:
Hope this helps.
09-20-2004, 02:18 PM
Two Ki Society dojos in Seattle WA are:
Northwest Martial Arts Ki-Aikido
Phinney Ridge Community Center
6532 Phinney Avenue N
Seattle WA 98103
Seattle Ki Society
University Heights Center For The Community
5031 University Way NE, Room 207
There are several Aikiweb members who are also members of the above schools and can give you more detail on these dojos.
As Jun noted, look at everything then decide. It's odd, but perhaps the most important decisions you'll make (what school and instructor to study with) are made at the start of your training.
Welcome to Aikiweb and good-luck in your search.
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