Thread: Dojo Names
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Old 07-06-2005, 12:05 PM   #3
Jack Simpson
Dojo: Western Maryland Aikikai - Frederick, Maryland
Location: hangin' with the tengu in the "mountains" of Maryland
Join Date: Nov 2003
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Re: Dojo Names

I was going to go all mystical with a dojo name, but in the end decided on "direction - state - aikikai" = Western Maryland Aikikai. I wanted the name to reflect where we came from (easy at seminars when folks see our patch). I didn't take "Maryland Aikikai" as that seemed a bit presumptuous as my teacher's (Clyde Takeguchi) dojo is actually in Maryland (Silver Spring).

I think it works out fine as it doesn't tie us to just one city in case we have to move. I do get grief from my mates at Capital about the spread of the Western Maryland "Empire" and they have great fun cuing up the Star Wars music when I visit.

Cheers,
Jack
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