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I was at the SatCon expo all last week. Talking to some of my co-workers, I mentioned that I am studying Aikido. After being asked what Aikido is all about, I found that the best way to describe it is how Aikido is different relative to other martial arts like Karate and Tai Kwon Do.
After sharing this information, some of my co-workers seemed interested to hear about Aikido. I think one of them may actually check out a dojo in their city.
I arrived at the dojo ahead of everyone else. I had just adjusted and began sweeping the mats when someone walked in and said, "Hi Dante."
I immediately recognized her face. It was Wynn (sp?) from the Shugenkai group that practices out of Denver, Colorado. She was visiting Las Vegas and decided to pop in for practice. I was, of course, elated as I had originally met her at our dojo last year when the Shugenkai group had their annual seminar in Las Vegas at our dojo.
It's refreshing to see people from other dojos - and a completely different organization for that matter. Shugenkai is of the Ki Society (while ours is whithin the ASU tradition.) Practicing with Wynn was wonderful in that she added perspectives to techniques practiced by her dojo.
I hope someday to also be able to visit the Denver Shugenkai dojo. I was able to meet and make good acquaintances with some wonderful people from last year's seminar.