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Old 10-05-2004, 01:46 PM   #23
Jack Simpson
Dojo: Western Maryland Aikikai - Frederick, Maryland
Location: hangin' with the tengu in the "mountains" of Maryland
Join Date: Nov 2003
Posts: 91
Re: Aikido And the military.

I can second Kevin Leavitt's mention of the wealth of aikido in and around DC. I cut my teeth with Takeguchi Sensei at Capital Aikikai, and there are several other good dojos in the area.

On a side thread, I teach on an army base (Ft. Detrick, Frederick, MD), but get very few military in the class. I've had a few MPs, but that's about it. My theory is that 1) the class is too late in the evening, we start at 7:30 pm, or 1930 as they like to say, and most of the military folks have been up since 0-dark-30. and 2) aikido may be perceived to be too docile a martial art for many hard core military types. Anyone else had a similar experience?

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