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Frank Furlong
12-16-2004, 04:55 PM
Hi I am new 2 Vancouver and new 2 Aikido. My back ground is in JKD and 7* mantis. Have checked out severial schools in the Van. area and I am lost at what school 2 join. There is a school in my area at Kerrisdale Community Centre, it's an independent school called Isshinkan and is run by John Zitnik?? Anyone have any info on this school/style/teacher??All the schools I have checked out look good and all the head teachers all look impressive, so I am at a lost where 2 join? I am looking for a school that is friendly and the instructors are very knowledgeable and supportive. Cheers, Frank.

12-16-2004, 05:38 PM
I practice at Kitsilano Community Center under Ishiyama Sensei.

We practice M/W/Sun 7:45-~9:30
T/Sat 12:00-1:00.

We are Aikikai under Hombu Dojo.

You are welcome to come check it out!


George S. Ledyard
12-17-2004, 02:23 PM
Shohei Juku Aikido Canada
Check out Tama Nakashimada Sensei at the Trout Lake Community Center. She is a very old friend and a student of Suganuma Sensei whom she hosts once a year.

Shohei Juku Aikido (http://ca.geocities.com/aikca/)

12-17-2004, 03:25 PM
I agree with George. When I was planning a trip to Vancouver my sensei (Linda Holiday) had VERY high praise for Tama sensei at Shohei Juku Aikido. I never made the trip, but plan to stop there next time I do.

Ellis Amdur
12-17-2004, 06:54 PM
Robert Mustard runs a Yoshinkan dojo in the area. He's a fine man, and, I believe, one of the best practitioners of aikido - of any style - in the world.

Ellis Amdur