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Old 03-11-2005, 12:00 AM   #4
Dojo: Aikido NW
Location: Portland, OR
Join Date: Oct 2004
Posts: 7
Re: Been to the Netherlands before?

While on holiday and visiting a cousin in Holland I had the privledge to train at AikiDojo in Haarlem and also in Amsterdam with Simon Deering and Quirijn Duchatteau. Although the physical space for training was very small and cramped in both spaces the people I trained with were wonderful. I had only been training for about 2 months and was very new. I only spoke and understood english and a few japanese names of techniques. The sensei and other members of the dojo were so warm and welcoming. They were extremely patient and kind. They took time to help me with very very basic skills ( At the time i wasn't even comfortable with forward rolls!!!) A few people even took me out after training, showed me around town, and offered me a place to stay! I always remember their compassion and friendship and cherish that memory and experience.
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