I live in the Laurel area so I am between Baltimore and DC. Can anyone suggest an Aikido dojo that has a reputation for being a high quality place to practice Aikido, delivering both a practical and spiritual interpretation of the art? I really feel like I am ready to invest the rest of my life to studying Aikido but I want a place that will pay dividends on this investment. I want a place that will really provide me with the tools for personal defense yet still provide me with a vehicle for improving my self on a spiritual level. In short if I am going to devote my time and money I want to know that the school is serious about delivering a authentic art with the purpose of improving my self-defense skills and harmony with the universe.
I attend a dojo in Baltimore county that I really like. It's called Traditional Asian Fighting Arts. They also teach Pentjak Silat if you want to mix it up.