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Mel Barker 04-07-2003 09:01 AM

U of L AIkido Club Seminar - May 24-25
The University of Louisville Aikido Club is hosting its first seminar. Titled the Kentucky Instructors Seminar, we have seven Instructors from Kentucky teaching one class apiece this Memorial day weekend, May 24-25, 2003.

Instructing will be:

Ariff Mehter - 6 dan - Aikido of Cincinnati
Dale Matthews - 4th dan - Louisville Aikikai
Patrick Hardesty - 4th dan - UofL Aikido Club
Tony Graziano - 4th dan - Aikido of Louisville
Dan Caslin - 3rd dan - Aikido of Owensboro
Johnny Newsome - 3rd dan - MSU Aikido Club
Tom Berry - 3rd dan - Aikido of Ashland

We hope you will be able to join us. Please see our website for information and signup forms.


Mel Barker
University of Louisville Aikido Club

rachmass 04-07-2003 09:07 AM

Sounds like it will be lots of fun!

Mel, it was great meeting you this weekend, thanks for tossing me around, it was great. Terrific to finally actually meet someone from AikiWeb.


Mel Barker 04-07-2003 09:17 AM


It was a pleasure to meet you as well. You are a gracious and delightful lady. I look forward to seeing you on the mat again. Best of luck with your dojo.


rachmass 04-07-2003 09:27 AM

humble and embarrassed bows to you, and many thanks.

Folks out there, it was really great to meet someone face to face (or in this case, hand to wrist) on the mat and off. Mel introduced himself as someone who was on AikiWeb, and my first response was to go beet-red, wondering if there was anything that I had written that would have made me look foolish. But he was so kind and friendly, that thought soon vanished. If all the folks out here in cyber-world are that friendly, then we are truly lucky to have such a forum to meet, and a great ice-breaker for when we actually meet face to face.

I encourage anyone who can to go to the seminar Mel posted, as it will most likely be a great experience (I know both Mehter Sensei and Hardesty Sensei, and they are both terrific).

Rachel (still red in the face)

aikigreg 04-07-2003 01:29 PM

Tony G Sensei is my old teacher when I lived in Kentucky. We got a chance to visit and train together at the Cherry BLossom seminar this past weekend - I've also trained with Tom Berry Sensei. Should be a fantastic seminar!

JJF 04-08-2003 02:01 AM

Don't worry Rachel. I can't think of anything you have written, that made you seem foolish.

Mel Barker 05-02-2003 12:50 PM

Our seminar is fast approaching and I've got my hands full with the organizing. It promises to be great fun.

One question. I'm still working on the party. Does anyone have any advice/caveats from throwing one yourself, or any you've attended?



Mel Barker 05-12-2003 03:57 PM

I would love to meet some aikiweb folks at our seminar. Just a reminder, this Friday (May 16th) is the deadline for saving $10 by pre-registering.

Mel Barker

UofL Aikido Club

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