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Old 04-06-2005, 03:33 AM   #26
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Dojo: Seiwa Dojo and Southside Dojo
Location: Battle Creek & Kalamazoo, MI
Join Date: Feb 2002
Posts: 1,677
Re: Roadtrip!

If you travel along I-94 through Michigan on your way to or from Chicago you'll pass right through Kalamazoo and Battle Creek. We've got dojo in both and you'd be welcome at both. If you're heading that way drop me a line and I'll hook you up with directions and schedules.


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Old 04-06-2005, 06:33 AM   #27
Mel Barker
Dojo: University of Louisville Aikido Club
Location: Louisville, KY
Join Date: Aug 2002
Posts: 123
Re: Roadtrip!

Hello John,

Your trip sounds like great fun. I've often thought of doing aiki exchanges where I'd put up someone for a week and then they could host me.

Another idea of mine is Aiki vacations. Since I'm in Louisville, I've thought of hosting people around Derby time so they could work out and see the Kentucky Derby.

This year, I've trained in 15 different dojos since I started a job the requires travel. It has been very fun and rewarding.

You are certainly welcome in Louisville, if passing through. I'm looking forward to your updates. Please check my PM to you as well.

Mel Barker
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Old 04-08-2005, 12:23 PM   #28
John Matsushima
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Location: Miura, Japan
Join Date: Dec 2003
Posts: 226
AikiBlog has started!

Thank you everyone for your posts and for your hospitality. I have gotten quite a few messages and emails from people inviting us to various dojos, and I am very grateful. I have begun our AikiBlog called Our Aikido Journey . I have just begun with an intoduction. We will depart for our trip on April 20th, and will make entries as often as we can along the way. I hope to stop by as many dojos as we can, and we look forward to meeting some of you along the way.

-John Matsushima
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Old 04-09-2005, 11:26 AM   #29
Dojo: The Toyoda Center
Location: Michigan
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 7
Re: Roadtrip!

Great idea John!

As Bronson mentioned, if you are up Michigan way and have trained in Kalamazoo and Battle Creek, keep heading Northwest to Grand Rapids and we would love to train with you. We have 2 great Aikido dojos here within 5 miles of each other and you would be welcome at both. We have full live-in facilities and you are more than welcome to stay as long as you like.

Aiki on...

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Old 04-09-2005, 02:09 PM   #30
Dojo: Sand Drift Aikikai, Cocoa Florida
Location: Melbourne, Florida
Join Date: Jun 2000
Posts: 824
Re: Roadtrip!

We always welcome visitors. If you stop off in Ft. Lauderdale on your way to miami you can find us at www.floridaaikikai.com . We're located on U.S. 1 (Federaly Highway) between Sunrise and Broward. You can take either the Sunrise or Broward Blvd exits to get to Federal Highway.

In Miami, you will find an awesome group of people at Gold Coast Aikikai www.aikikai.com and Miami Aikikai www.miamiaikikai.com.

Anne Marie Giri
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Old 04-12-2005, 12:31 PM   #31
Dojo: Aikido Philippines
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 130
Re: Roadtrip!

What an aikido trip you are planning! I was in the United States last year for two months and my only regret was that I was not able to practice aikido in any of the dojos out there because of my family's insistence that we prioritize all the tourist spots first before I can practice aikido. It was really frustrating to know that I was only a few blocks away from the New York Aikikai, Bond Street Dojo, Shobukan Dojo in Washington D.C., and etc. What is worse is that I actually visited the following cities (Atlantic City, New York City, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Orlando, Boston, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Seattle) during my trip and I never got the chance to practice aikido at all.

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Old 04-12-2005, 07:03 PM   #32
Dojo: Aikido Kenkyukai International
Location: Ambler, Pennsylvania
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 232
Re: Roadtrip!

Your trip sounds wonderful. I hope you will perhaps post some photos of your trip sometime. What a nice documentary video this would make.

I would like to extend an invitation to visit our dojo if it fits your travel plans. We are in Pennsylvania, about 45 minutes north of Philadelphia. We're a small club and Saturdays are usually the most fun to train. Also Saturdays are when Kirisawa Sensei teaches.

In any event, bon voyage! I look forward to reading about your adventures.

Steve Trinkle
Aikido Kenkyukai
North Wales, PA
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Old 04-12-2005, 10:15 PM   #33
Janet Rosen
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Location: Left Coast
Join Date: May 2002
Posts: 4,340
Re: Roadtrip!

Hi! Well, it is true that there are lots of dojo in and around San Francisco. I would love to welcome you to City Aikido, where I train, and if time permits, to also accompany you to other local dojos.

Janet Rosen
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Old 04-13-2005, 09:02 PM   #34
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Dojo: Aikido of Petaluma, Petaluma,CA
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 834
Re: Roadtrip!

And if you do come to SF and visit with Janet, I will come along,too! And you're also welcome at our tiny dojo in Petaluma, but not after a day in the Wine Country!


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Old 04-23-2005, 03:31 PM   #35
Sue Trinidad
Dojo: Island Aikido
Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 41
Re: Roadtrip!

What a cool idea!

There are a zillion dojo in and around Seattle, but if you feel like a ferry ride, our dojo (Island Aikido) is on Bainbridge Island, and our sister dojo (Kitsap Aikido) is about 30 minutes away in Poulsbo. Both are full of swell people and happy to have visitors.

Travel safe!

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Old 04-26-2005, 11:35 AM   #36
John Matsushima
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Location: Miura, Japan
Join Date: Dec 2003
Posts: 226
Re: Roadtrip!

Hello again, everyone! We are now on our road trip. We already stopped at Memphis and San Antonio, and are now on our way to Santa Fe, NM. We are having a great time. For details, check out our Aiki Blog titled "My Aikido Journey". We look forward to meeting some of you soon! Until next time....
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Old 04-26-2005, 01:48 PM   #37
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Location: Rochester, NY
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 281
Re: Roadtrip!

If in your travels you should find yourself travelling along I-90 In western NY, there are two places you'd no doubt be welcome.

One is a relatively new dojo (aikikai) in Rochester NY, where I train

Another is AIkido of Central NY, a group I recently found to be excruciatingly hospitable

and as you mentioned DC, I must suggest my original aikido experience at:
www.capitalaikiai.org It is readily mapquestable from the website, and is a sizeable bunch of good people, at least on weekends.

Enjoy your trip. I will PM you the details of the ny locations.

Smooth roads and high fuel efficiency!

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Old 05-11-2005, 12:05 AM   #38
Dojo: Shoshin Aikido Montreal / Montreal, QC
Location: Montreal, Quebec
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 16
Re: Roadtrip!

When you hit San Diego, stop by Sunset Cliffs Aikido http://www.sunsetcliffsaikido.com/
We are a block away from the beach!
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Old 05-11-2005, 01:43 PM   #39
Melissa Fischer
Dojo: Tenzan Aikido/Seattle Holistic Center
Location: Seattle, Wa USA
Join Date: Nov 2001
Posts: 53
Re: Roadtrip!

In Seattle, stop in to Tenzan dojo at the Seattle Holistic Center slightly north of downtown. We have classes every day of the year and seminars usually once a month. Nobody's a stranger here!


Ask for Melissa and we'll hit the nearest Starbucks!

If you go to Phoenix, train at Arizona Aikido (ASU/Aikikai) Style

wish I was going...
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