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Ron Tisdale 03-30-2006 10:18 AM

Trip to Paris
 
Hi All,

It looks like I'll be in Paris from April 20 to 30. I'm looking for a dojo to train in once or maybe twice...nothing crazy, just put on a white belt and follow along. The following link is to a dojo near where I will be staying with Iwama Ryu lineage:

http://aikido-france.net/club/gif/

I did send an email, but got no response. Is anyone aware of any other dojo in that area?

Best,
Ron

Nick Simpson 03-30-2006 10:20 AM

Re: Trip to Paris
 
Get the ferry over here dude!

billybob 03-30-2006 11:37 AM

Re: Trip to Paris
 
Ron,

just walk up, or ask the concierge at the hotel you will be at. i have found they can read a phone book and even work those crazy european telephones!

david

deepsoup 03-30-2006 11:49 AM

Re: Trip to Paris
 
Hi Ron,

I'm not sure whereabouts in the city he's based, but there's an absolutely top notch Shodokan instructor in Paris. (Who also happens to be a lovely guy.)

His name is Satoru Tsuchiya, and his e-mail address is:
tsuchiyasgmk - at - free - dot - fr
(Munged to keep it safe from the spambots)

Sean
x

Ron Tisdale 03-30-2006 11:51 AM

Re: Trip to Paris
 
Right, well, personally, I always like to introduce myself by email or mail first, before I show up. I've always found that courtesy to pay benefits. They know who this guy is walking in, and everyone feels a bit more at ease. My GF is French, so reading the phone book and using the phone is no big deal...I just like to give advance notice.

Best,
Ron

PS I'm not saying that this is the best or only way...just that it is the way I was trained / raised, and it has worked well for me.

Ron Tisdale 03-30-2006 11:53 AM

Re: Trip to Paris
 
Thanks Sean! I'll drop him a note! Do you know how his english is?

Best,
R

Don_Modesto 03-30-2006 01:24 PM

Re: Trip to Paris
 
Quote:

Ron Tisdale wrote:
....just put on a white belt and follow along.

Why's that?

Demoting oneself been a double-edged sword in my experience. Some people don't take it as humility so much as trickiness. Have you done it before, Ron?

Just curious.

Ron Tisdale 03-30-2006 01:54 PM

Re: Trip to Paris
 
Hi Don,

When I go to the Daito ryu seminars, I wear a white belt now. I think when I trained with you that time, I wore my brown (I think I was 2nd or 1st kyu then, don't remember). Since I don't have rank in that art / with that group, I don't wear my black belt / hak.

When I introduce myself by mail or email to an aikido group, I let the instructor know that I am a yudansha, and ask that I can wear a white belt, as I don't know their system / training method. Now, if they say "please wear your obi and hakama", then of course I do. Either way, introducing myself ahead of time, gives them plenty of time to consider my background, think about it, and decide ahead of time.

Best,
Ron (I'm really not all *that* sneaky...the light shining off the top of my bald head gives me away... ;) )

N. Delalondre 03-30-2006 03:18 PM

Re: Trip to Paris
 
Hi Ron,

you can try Patricia Guerri's Dojo during your trip : http://perso.wanadoo.fr/aikibukikai/index_en.html

She was an uchi-deshi of Morihiro Saito during 3 years.

You will find adress and email information on the "links" page.

Best regards

David Kai 03-30-2006 05:52 PM

Re: Trip to Paris
 
Hey Ron,

My GF is also a French National ... Bretagne. Although I haven't taken the opportunity to train while in Paris, I try never to miss this really awesome little martial arts shop. It's kind of difficult to find, but most of the locals will know where it is. I really wish I could remember the name for you. Maybe Nicolas knows the shop I am talking about. You have to go into a courtyard and the shop has a long and narrow entrance. Really nice people inside.

Have FUN!!!

AnhXanh 03-30-2006 10:55 PM

Re: Trip to Paris
 
Quote:

Ron Tisdale wrote:
Hi All,

It looks like I'll be in Paris from April 20 to 30.

I guess you know that Christian Tissier's dojo is in Paris. If you have the opportunity to go a few days before the 20. you may want to take part in this: http://www.christiantissier.com/03_s...2006-04-15.pdf This seminar is generally regarded as very very good with a lot of high-ranking French and other European aikidoka participating. You should expect the level to be quite high. If you have the chance, I would highly recommend you to take part in this and it will be a good opportunity to experience some quality French aikido.

Vincennes is actually in Paris and within the Paris Metro system, so it is fairly easy to get to the dojo. You may also visit for regular practice, and I believe Christian is teaching monday and tuesday nights (you might want to e-mail them to confirm this).

You'll find some more information here: http://www.christiantissier.com/01_c...issier_ad.html

Regards,
Erik

N. Delalondre 03-31-2006 12:15 AM

Re: Trip to Paris
 
Hi David,

Well, I don't know every martial art shop in Paris, maybe you talk about "budostore"? Or "AikidoKa" shop ?

Guy Bellaiche 03-31-2006 02:41 AM

Re: Trip to Paris
 
Hi,

I live in Paris (actually in the suburb) and I practice Shodokan aïkido there.
Actually the dojo is not near the place you are going to live (Gare du Nord, isn't it ?), but you'll find a RER (kind of tube) going there in 20 minutes.
Lessons are wednesday and thursday evening (19.30 till 22.00) and sunday morning 10 till 13).
I don't know about the english of the sensei (because we don't have time to speak a lot during the lessons :) ) but I know about the man, who is really a friendly guy and about his lessons that are very physical and intense.

The Iwama dojo in Paris is located between Gare de L'Est and Gare du Nord, and is open almost all days of the week. There are lessons morning miday and evening. People there are also very friendly.

And you may also want to have a visit to C. Tissier's dojo (aïkikaï), which is kind of institution here in France.

If you are interested I can give you details about the locations of these dojos, and the way and the hours to go there.

Nota : The date you are coming in Paris corresponds to the end of french scholar holidays. So, maybe, the Shodokan dojo will be closed the first week-end.

N. Delalondre 03-31-2006 02:53 AM

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Seems to become a french thread here... ;)

Guy Bellaiche 03-31-2006 03:03 AM

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Especially at this time, when our americans fellows still sleep.

;-)

NagaBaba 03-31-2006 06:19 AM

Re: Trip to Paris
 
Quote:

Ron Tisdale wrote:
Hi All,

It looks like I'll be in Paris from April 20 to 30. I'm looking for a dojo to train in once or maybe twice...nothing crazy, just put on a white belt and follow along. The following link is to a dojo near where I will be staying with Iwama Ryu lineage:

http://aikido-france.net/club/gif/

I did send an email, but got no response. Is anyone aware of any other dojo in that area?

Best,
Ron

Don't be surprise you got not response. Not very many french speak fluently english.

Here is one of the best N.Tamura sensei (aikikai) students -- Jacques Bonemaison.My wife did practice with him, he seems to be very good technically.

Have fune, drink a lot of wine, with chees and the best baguette in the world ;)

Quote:

Paris Universite Club Aïkikai
17 av Pierre de Coubertin
(M°CITE UNIVERSITAIRE ; Bus PC PORTE DE GENTILLY)
75013 Paris
Teacher: Jacques Bonemaison

CLasses:
Monday : 20h30-22h
Wednesday: 20h30-22h
Saturday : 9h-11h

Tél : BONEMAISON Jacques 01.43.76.65.53
Remarques : Autre contact : Stephane (06.19.95.62.85)

Ron Tisdale 03-31-2006 06:54 AM

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Wow! Where have you guys been hiding?? ;) Thanks all for the tips...aikido is obviously well in Paris. I'll show my GF this thread over the weekend, and we'll decide which ones fit our travel. It's a real shame I'll have to miss the seminar...we don't fly out of Philly until the 20th, and we're already booked, so there's no changes at this date. Thanks also for the emails!

Best,
Ron (Hey Mr. S, aren't you supposed to be in Japan??)

Anne Fournier 03-31-2006 09:13 AM

Re: Trip to Paris
 
Hi Ron -
Just to add another dojo (mine!), aikikai style: you can try the dojo of Jacques Bardet (he's 6th Dan and Tamura's disciple ). It's conveniently located right in the center of Paris (Chatelet) ;Jacques is a very nice sensei and the atmosphere is friendly, mixing a lot of high-ranked aikidoka to beginners. You can check out times at www.copc3.org/web/rubrique.php?id=9
We like it very much to have exotic foreigners! :D
Hope you get the best out of your trip!
All the best,
Anne

Ron Tisdale 03-31-2006 09:22 AM

Re: Trip to Paris
 
Just to make this a little easier, one place where I'll be for a time is Elancourt, postal code 78990. I would love to have an idea how to get to Tissier Sensei's dojo from there. We just bought some maps for our GPS for France, so it's not like we will be flying blind. I'm plugging postal codes into map quest as I type!

Best,
Ron

Ron Tisdale 03-31-2006 09:25 AM

Re: Trip to Paris
 
Hi Anne,

is 75003 the postal code for where you train? Thanks for the link...

B,
R

NagaBaba 03-31-2006 08:26 PM

Re: Trip to Paris
 
Quote:

Ron (Hey Mr. S, aren't you supposed to be in Japan??)
I'll fly to Japan 13 April to 27 april.

So today 12 and still counting..... :)

deepsoup 04-01-2006 07:24 AM

Re: Trip to Paris
 
Quote:

Ron Tisdale wrote:
Thanks Sean! I'll drop him a note! Do you know how his english is?

Hi Ron,

Sorry about the delay, been a bit of a busy boy...
Mr Tsuchiya gets by in english ok (I don't think he'll have any problem responding to an email in english), though his french is better.

Its starting to look like you could spend the whole trip training and not visit the same dojo twice. :)

Sean
x

David Kai 04-01-2006 01:06 PM

Re: Trip to Paris
 
BUDOSTORE.COM
34 rue de la Montagne Ste Geneviève - 75005 Paris - Tél. 01 44 41 63 33 - Fax 01 55 42 61 11
Ouvert de 10h à 19h30 du lundi au samedi - (Métro, ligne 10 : Maubert Mutualité - RER B : Luxembourg).

Asked the GF and found it on the NET.

Anne Fournier 04-01-2006 01:40 PM

Re: Trip to Paris
 
Well, I think the dojo is in the 1st arrondissement (i.e 75001) but if you cross the street you are in the 3d (75003). I usually train in the other dojo of the same sensei which is in the 20th. I thought you'd like to begin at the Eiffel Tower ;) , go down the Champs Elysees then a bit of the Rue Rivoli :cool: and then a little aikido there at Chatelet-les Halles :D and then a quick visit at the Contemporary Art Museum (called Centre Pompidon) (the colorfoul building with pipes poping out from everywhere close to the dojo), and then back in time to catch the last aikido lesson of the day :)
Then of course if you go to the dojo of the 20th, you can visit a part of Paris that few tourists know :cool: : a very lively neighborhood full of artsy "ateliers", little cafes and an atmosphere of North Africa.

Yes, if you try all the suggested dojos of this thread, you'll know the area in no time!
Hope you have a nice time!

creinig 04-02-2006 01:23 AM

Re: Trip to Paris
 
Well, There's always Muguruza Sensei if you don't mind staying in the Yoshi club :)

http://www.seikeikan.com/Links.htm#France lists the (physical) address, but their homepage seems to be broken. If you want, I can dig out Sensei's email address.

Update: You might be a bit out of luck on the 21.-23. though. He's holding a seminar in Munich during that weekend (which I'm very much looking forward to ;) )


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