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01-15-2006, 06:59 PM
I was checking out his dojo's website,Jiai Aikido, and couldnt find any info on him. I have searched the web and the only thing I come up with is that he is a student of Hiroshi Ikeda sensei. Anyone else know anything about him; rank, age, how long has he been training,etc?

just curious,
clint cain :ai:

01-15-2006, 07:27 PM
:( guess not huh?

01-15-2006, 08:08 PM
Although I do not know specifics about Sodeman Sensei's past, I have trained with him on multiple occasions and I know folks who have lived at his dojo. He is awesome. If you want to see what he is all about, check out the videos on his dojo's site.

Edwin Neal
01-15-2006, 08:51 PM
from the videos on the site I would recommend his dojo...however there were some notable weak points in his waza... indeed some of the same ones I have... notice his kote gaeshi grip... or the student doing shiburi totally heinously in the backround...with that all said i would still recommend it to most prospective students...
my humble opinion...

01-15-2006, 09:48 PM
ok, but no info on him yet?

Edwin Neal
01-15-2006, 10:21 PM
sorry no info...

01-15-2006, 10:42 PM
surely somebody knows him :confused:

Edwin Neal
01-15-2006, 11:04 PM
he is a member of this forum send him a pm

01-15-2006, 11:12 PM
damn you're right, he is. maybe he will see this. i am just curious anyway, doin research tryin to pass the time.

Edwin Neal
01-15-2006, 11:20 PM
so i guess you know he is affiliated with ASU aikido schools of ueshiba, i couldn't find a rank, but its probably 2-3dan...

01-15-2006, 11:25 PM
ya, i know he is ASU, I am as well. just dont know much about him.

Jeff Sodeman
01-16-2006, 01:51 AM
I'd be happy to tell you anything you'd like to know, you can ask here or email me at jeff(at)jiaiaikido.com

notice his kote gaeshi grip...

Edwin, while I'm not sure which video you refer to I'm guessing you're mistaking udegaeshi for kotegaeshi. While similar to kotegaeshi it has different hand positions.

Edwin Neal
01-16-2006, 02:37 AM
hello jeff... no disrespect intended... about 20 seconds into the clip with the news man you can see the inside of your left palm... I have a similar problem just gripping with the fingers... makes performing kote gaeshi on large strong opponents hard... i am really interested in your blending aiki and jujutsu... surprised more schools don't do it... Osensei and alot of the old timers had heaps of jujutsu experience, but its rare for more contemporary teachers... where were you when I was in the Navy???

Jeff Sodeman
01-16-2006, 03:04 AM
Edwin, none taken and I see the shot you mention. In demonstrating a concept for the camera it's sometime necessary to modify your hand/body position for visibility's sake. The nikyo for example also isn't done how you'd really apply it either. Similar to how movements sometime have to be unusually exaggerated or done more slowly when teaching to make a point.

If you ever get nostalgic we've got plenty of students in the Navy (in fact we had a class on base for a while last year), you're always welcome to come by to visit for some aikido, grappling, and reminiscing about your time out here.

Edwin Neal
01-16-2006, 03:23 AM
sorry i think i'm stuck on the east coast... but thanks for the invite... like i said if i knew someone headed your way i would recommend they drop by...

01-16-2006, 11:56 AM
hi sensei. i was just curious as to how long you have been training, rank, etc. the only thing that i know is( i thnk) you trained with Ikeda sensei right? i was just sitting here being bored going through some of the ASU websites and came across yours. in order to be polite, let me tell you about me. my name is clint cain and i train at the Southern Illinois University Carbondale Aikido club(SIUC) in Carbondale,IL. my head instructor is Karen Gallegly sensei, nidan. We also have Rob Gallgely, shodan, and Randy Greer, shodan. We are an ASU affiliated dojo. Sometime in the near future I (hopefully) will be moving to Chicago for college and i plan on training at the Chicago Aikikai under Choate sensei.

ok, now your turn please
clint cain

Rod Yabut
01-16-2006, 12:45 PM
Although your intentions may not be malicious Clint, you should ask this question privately. IMO, there is an unwritten etiquette about this.

01-16-2006, 03:37 PM
umm, ok. sorry i guess. just making conversation. :blush:

Jeff Sodeman
01-16-2006, 04:37 PM

Rod’s right that you wouldn’t normally ask that, but I did offer to answer so it’s OK.

I am a student of Ikeda sensei and I studied under him until he asked me to open a dojo in San Diego. He’ll be out here for a seminar in March and we look forward to seeing everyone.

I teach over 450 classes a year to a wonderful group of men and women, from first day beginners to 4th dan – and our school offers even more classes taught by talented yudansha.

Every single student of mine is important to me as both a student and a person, and I do everything I can to help them find their own personal aikido.

I teach several levels of class with a different emphasis on each level, from basic kihon to the subtleties of kuzushi (balance breaking) and blending, all with a strong emphasis on ukemi skills, the “why”s of aikido, and aikido as a martial art. I also train in with my students both as nage and uke as much as teaching allows.

01-16-2006, 06:33 PM
thank you for your response sensei. i know it is not proper etiquette to ask such a thing, but this thread initially started out as me seeking answers from others. i was not aware that you were a member.

clint cain

01-16-2006, 07:23 PM

You sure handled that with a lot of class.



01-16-2006, 07:29 PM
ok,why do i feel like an idiot :(

01-16-2006, 08:09 PM

I can see how that could be read into my statement, and I apologize. It was not my intent to make you feel like an idiot.


01-16-2006, 08:11 PM
ok,why do i feel like an idiot :(
Don't feel bad, I probably would have asked in a similar way. Protocall, because it varies from person to person (or dojo to dojo), is one of those things that generally has to be learned before it can be applied in the appropriate situations.
Take care!

Edwin Neal
01-16-2006, 08:27 PM
yeah that protocol thing sometimes gets a little outta hand... i believe in being polite and respectful... I think from my experiences in japan and america that it is more prevalent in americans... kind of overcompensating for what THEY think is japanese etiquette or protocol... which in modern times is just good old fashioned manners... NOT some sort of rigid caste system or deification... just my thoughts... i don't feel like anyone on this thread has been out of line... but some OTHER folks can get their hakama wedged up their... well you know what i mean...

01-16-2006, 08:54 PM
thanks for being so kind :D