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Old 09-13-2005, 11:49 PM   #1
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Aikidoka in Iowa or Wisconsin

Hello to all.
I will be bouncing around from hotel to hotel in Iowa and Wisconsin for the next two months.

Can anyone recommend dojo in these two states?
I have looked at the dojosearch, I'm just trying to get the human angle.

thanks to any who reply,
Jory

p.s. My regular dojo is ASU but I love to see other styles.
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Old 09-14-2005, 06:50 AM   #2
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Re: Aikidoka in Iowa or Wisconsin

I can speak only for Madison, WI; don't know if you'll be there. While my wife and I lived there, I came upon quite a nice dojo, an ASU dojo, run by John Stone and Robin Cooper Senseis. Ha! Just saw that children's classes are run by a member of our very own community here, Mark Uttech. Uttech Sensei also has his own dojo in Marshall, Wisconsin.

At any rate, I have never trained there, but was impressed with Stone Sensei and with the outpouring of his student community in helping build their new dojo. Stone Sensei and Ron Meyers co-wrote the book Aikido in America.

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Old 09-14-2005, 08:12 AM   #3
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Re: Aikidoka in Iowa or Wisconsin

Welcome!

Although I don't know the Wisconsin aikido dojos, I can recommend several dojos in Iowa. My favorite is Diana Harris' dojo at the University of Iowa Aikikai, which has a good number of students and is happy to welcome visitors. I know Larry Mendenhall from seminars and understand that his dojo in Cedar Rapids is also quite good. And you would be welcome at our small dojo in Grinnell, should you find yourself passing through our neck of the woods. Beyond that, I know of very small dojos in Fairfield and Des Moines.

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Old 09-14-2005, 09:24 AM   #4
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Re: Aikidoka in Iowa or Wisconsin

You are more than welcome to visit us in Hudson, WI or Burnsville, MN.
You can get information on our schools at: www.midwestaikido.com

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Old 09-14-2005, 09:28 AM   #5
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Re: Aikidoka in Iowa or Wisconsin

You may want to contact the folks running this seminar:

http://www.geocities.com/abesenseiseminar/schedule.htm

They apparently are opening a dojo in the area.

Best,
Ron

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Old 09-14-2005, 11:11 AM   #6
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Re: Aikidoka in Iowa or Wisconsin

I cast a second vote for Diana Harris Sensei at the University of Iowa. She has always welcomed, and tolerated, me and my fellow Aikidoka. They are good people.

PS - Looking forward to seeing Abe Sensei next week!

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Old 09-14-2005, 12:22 PM   #7
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Re: Aikidoka in Iowa or Wisconsin

Keep an eye out for me Lloyd, it would be good to meet another poster!
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Old 09-14-2005, 12:26 PM   #8
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Re: Aikidoka in Iowa or Wisconsin

In addition, if you're going to be in the Milwaukee, GreenBay, or Madison area, try the links at

http://gbit.com/milwac/

These are also ASU dojos.


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Old 09-15-2005, 04:08 AM   #9
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Onegaishimasu. If you bypass the Marshall dojo, it is all right. Thousands do. In gassho, tamonmark
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Old 09-15-2005, 11:51 AM   #10
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Re: Aikidoka in Iowa or Wisconsin

thanks to all that have answered so far. i'll study the maps and get back to it. i'm in des moine tonight (thursday) around Traer, IA tomorrow and after that... maybe Mount Horeb, WI...
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Old 09-15-2005, 01:26 PM   #11
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Re: Aikidoka in Iowa or Wisconsin

Jory, if you are going to be in Mt. Horeb, and if you like mustard, well, you can't miss the Mt. Horeb Mustard Museum:

Mustard Museum

Also, not far from there is a really nice inn/brewpub, in Mineral Point, run by a husband and wife couple who have spent considerable time in India and can probably talk about just anything under the sun:

Brewery Creek

Spring Green itself is close by, and the beauty of the Wyoming Valley is extraordinary. I hope you find good training, and good travels.

Paul
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Old 09-15-2005, 07:30 PM   #12
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You should try the Aikido of Greater Milwaukee Dojo, in menomonee falls, on the outskirts of milwaukee, its a great place to train. the website is www.aikidokami.com
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