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IwamaNewbie 02-17-2006 07:47 AM

Iwama style student in tokyo
I trained in Aikikai in Sydney for about 6 months and then in Iwama (Takemusu) style for another 4 months back in 2003 and have moved to Tokyo for work. I intend to head up to Iwama every now and again once I have another 6 months or more in Iwama style ( I find this is my prefered style) and if anyone can let me know some good dojos in Tokyo for Iwama style I would be grateful - even if there is just a small bunch of like minded, serious Iwama aikidoka in Tokyo I'd like to hear from you.
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grondahl 02-17-2006 08:10 AM

Re: Iwama style student in tokyo
Try this link:

Stumbled over it when I did a quick search after Iwama dojos for a dojomate that is moving to Tokyo this spring.

Other than that I (if I had the opportunity to live in Tokyo) would search out a Nishio-style dojo or Yoshinkan Hombu.

batemanb 02-17-2006 11:13 AM

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There's plenty of good Aikikai Aikido in Tokyo too, don't let anyone fool you different. Endo Sensei teaches at the Aikikai hombu and at Meguro. Also at the Aikikai you have Doshu, Tada, Osawa and a host of others. Most of these gentleman teach at locations outside of Hombu too.

I know that this is probably going to spark a few "my dad's better than your dad" type posts. Just saying that if you can't find Iwama style in Tokyo, don't close your options.



PaulieWalnuts 02-17-2006 12:25 PM

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Otaka and Mr gardiners dojo. Well worth the training, otaka travels up to Iwama at the weekends so he can certainly help you training in both dojo's
I have not met Mr gardiner( cant remember his name) but Otaka is a great guy.
Good luck with your training im moving back to Iwama next month might see you later in the year.

crbateman 02-17-2006 08:28 PM

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I would surely think that someone in your Iwama dojo must know who is teaching Iwama style in Tokyo. I'd inquire within.

IwamaNewbie 02-19-2006 11:13 AM

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Thanks to everyone who replied to my post - I'm most grateful.

Bryan, appreciate your comments and I did not intend to not explore other options available- Iwama is just my preferred style and its just a personal thing.
I have nothing against other styles at all, and I have friends more comfortable with different styles and like myself they just stick with what they enjoy and feel comfortable with - we're all on the same path.....

Peter, thanks for the link and I'll follow it up tomorrow :)
Stefen, Otaka-sensei sounds great, do you have details of the dojo where he teaches?

PaulieWalnuts 02-19-2006 02:24 PM

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At the moment no. I take it youve been out of the loop for a while, i was about to say get your iwama teacher to write to sensei, but if your coming back after a while that is a bit different. what i can do just now is i will email a friend who lives in Iwama and ask her to get otakas email address or if i have probs i will have to wait until i get there on april 1st then i will speak to him then. try emailing the website if you can. give me your email address.

IwamaNewbie 02-20-2006 02:48 AM

Re: Iwama style student in tokyo
Hi Stefen,
yes, its been a while since I've been training and I've been out of touch with my training colleagues - though I have been able to get in touch with one of my fellow aikidoka and he's seeing what he can find out for me. He also said to get to Iwama and train I'll need a letter of recommendation and considering how long its been since I last trained, I should get another 6 months solid training under my belt first. My mail address is
Thanks again

petergardiner 03-15-2006 01:39 AM

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give me a call on 080 5442 5466.

Peter Gardiner

Ibaraki Bryan 10-06-2006 12:29 AM

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Go to the Iwama dojo mentioned here:

The guy on the left is awesome -- we trained together every sunday for months up in Iwama. Very nice guy, good english, very very strong aikido.

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