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Old 08-18-2002, 05:14 PM   #1
rachmass
Dojo: Aikido of Cincinnati/Huron Valley Aikikai
Location: Somerset Michigan
Join Date: Jul 2002
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Lightbulb Alternate thread to VOE on new dojos

Hi Mr. Linden;

This is in response to your starting a thread about there being no new start up dojo in the Florida market (for ASU at least).

I just wanted to let you know that start-ups are happening in our area (Michigan), but certainly not on any type of grand scale. I am in the process of starting a club (USAF) within a chiropractic clinic, of a very small scale. Neither insurance, nor the cost of the mats is the major issue in the start up. The biggest obsticle that I see so far will be to have brand new students without many, if any, experienced aikidoka other than the teacher. This is a daunting prospect, and will definately be a challenge. It seems from some of the conversations that I have been having with other folks, that there are a lot of really small scale operations happening in my area at least.

Hope this gives you some idea of the state of aikido in some of the other states.

best wishes,

Rachel
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