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Old 06-21-2006, 04:45 AM   #1
Lee Mulgrew
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Advertising for your local dojo!

I've just posted something on the "does sensei have his own plane?" thread and it got me thinking.... what advertising slogans could you have for Aikido?

my first was 'Aikido, a great excuse for spousal abuse!'

Or... Come fly with us.... for a limited period of time only!

'we can show you the Ki to self defence'

Any other ideas?
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Old 06-21-2006, 06:53 AM   #2
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Re: Advertising for your local dojo!

Once upon a time, my old dojo had a t-shirt for "frequent flyers club". The old Capital Aikikai t-shirt used to say "before enlightenment, draw water, chop wood. After enlightment, order pizza, drink beer." But my all time favorite is the one from Palm Beach Aikikai with a big mean samurai wielding a sword, and the slogan said "More Wasabi"

Currently, I'm partial to the one on the bumper sticker message thread: "Don't trust anyone further than you can throw them. We'll show you how."
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Old 06-21-2006, 07:29 AM   #3
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Re: Advertising for your local dojo!

A slogan I have seen translates as "Aikido - human origami".
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Old 06-21-2006, 08:16 AM   #4
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Re: Advertising for your local dojo!

From Oberlin Aikikai, a few years ago while I was still a student:

"Harmony Kicks Ass"
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Old 06-21-2006, 03:21 PM   #5
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Re: Advertising for your local dojo!

Quote:
Thomas Harris wrote:
From Oberlin Aikikai, a few years ago while I was still a student:

"Harmony Kicks Ass"
DING! DING! DING! DING!

WE HAVE A WINNER !!

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Old 06-21-2006, 08:21 PM   #6
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Re: Advertising for your local dojo!

>>my first was 'Aikido, a great excuse for spousal abuse!' <<

This is not funny. I know. It is very sad when one hears that one's ex-husband has died and all one can feel is relief that he can't ever hurt her again.

Q
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www.knot-working.com

"It is not wise to be incautious when confronting a little smiling bald man"'- Rule #1
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Old 06-22-2006, 02:53 AM   #7
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Well my wife finds it funny.... or she will if she knows what's good for her!

Is that the time? must dash, haven't finished the housework and she'll be back any minute EEEK!!!!
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Old 07-21-2006, 05:28 AM   #8
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hey! I was only joking! we have a very harmonious and loving relationship wer'e best friends and all that! really did not mean to upset anyone
how about...... ukemi, i can fly!
or, aikido.....trust someone as far as you can throw them!
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Old 07-21-2006, 10:25 AM   #9
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Re: Advertising for your local dojo!

Just throwing some random ideas out there.

"Aikido : Reach out and grab someone."

"Peace through greater throwing power."

"Who needs a gun (knife,weapon), when you can hit someone with the Planet?

"Aikido: Size doesn't matter. (...but it makes things more interesting!)

(Here's a tacky one, but I think it's funny. )

On the front of the T-shirt, where the "pocket" space would be, it would read:
"Aikido Mofo"
... on the back of the shirt is would say: "Grab my wrist. I dare you."

I'll keep working on this. I'm sure there are some good ideas. I know I've had better ones before this.

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Old 07-21-2006, 01:14 PM   #10
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Quote:
John Boswell wrote:
Just throwing some random ideas out there.


"Who needs a gun (knife,weapon), when you can hit someone with the Planet?



I'll keep working on this. I'm sure there are some good ideas. I know I've had better ones before this.
I love that one, we are trying to designe t-shirts for our dojo would you mind if I pilfered that idea?

Dan Hulley
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Old 07-21-2006, 01:22 PM   #11
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"Aikido - puttin' the harm back in harmony!"

Robert Cronin
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Old 07-21-2006, 01:32 PM   #12
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We are also doing T-shirts now and have narrowed it down to a few slogans:

1. "Shut up and train." [the leading contender]
2. "If it hurts, it must be working."
3. ".....the roots."

Best regards,

Mark
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Old 07-21-2006, 01:34 PM   #13
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Quote:
Thomas Harris wrote:
From Oberlin Aikikai, a few years ago while I was still a student:

"Harmony Kicks Ass"
I love it! LOL

Mark
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Old 07-21-2006, 01:42 PM   #14
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Re: Advertising for your local dojo!

Quote:
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"Aikido - puttin' the harm back in harmony!"

YES!!!
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Old 07-21-2006, 01:55 PM   #15
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Re: Advertising for your local dojo!

I was tempted to use the following slogan for our university club:

"Our drinking club has a bit of an aikido problem..."

But settled for our organisations usual t-shirt slogan instead.

Mike

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Old 07-23-2006, 07:01 AM   #16
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Quote:
Mike Haft wrote:
I was tempted to use the following slogan for our university club:

"Our drinking club has a bit of an aikido problem..."

But settled for our organisations usual t-shirt slogan instead.

Mike
lol! I like it! would that be the AA (Aikidoka anonymous!)
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Old 07-23-2006, 08:49 PM   #17
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Re: Advertising for your local dojo!

im impressed with most of these ...
no really ... me ..... IMPRESSED ...
will wonders ever sease?

Dance your cares away .... worry for another day ... let the music play .... down in fraggle rock!

when bored ... do as I do. Poke a patient!
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Old 08-03-2006, 05:17 AM   #18
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Quote:
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im impressed with most of these ...
no really ... me ..... IMPRESSED ...
will wonders ever sease?
SEASE? are we on a boat?

"AIKIDO.....just like PLAY-DO with people!"
Geddit!!
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Old 08-07-2006, 07:14 AM   #19
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i'm going to a course this week and i'm thinking of putting some slogans on some t-shirts, anyone mind if i use some of these? they're really good
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Old 08-09-2006, 06:40 PM   #20
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Re: Advertising for your local dojo!

I feel compelled to post this:

http://www.cafepress.com/megastuff/1302343

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Old 08-10-2006, 04:20 AM   #21
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What's that padded baton/tanto thing used in shodokan?

I remember our university aikido club had one of those on a poster with "We'll show you a good time" underneath it.
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Old 08-10-2006, 02:23 PM   #22
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Re: Advertising for your local dojo!

Quote:
Lee Mulgrew wrote:
SEASE? are we on a boat?

"AIKIDO.....just like PLAY-DO with people!"
Geddit!!
We should have aikiweb shirts with that as the slogan. Very good.
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Old 08-10-2006, 02:49 PM   #23
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Quote:
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I feel compelled to post this:

http://www.cafepress.com/megastuff/1302343
My favorite one isn't there anymore: "Aikidoka do it with a strong Irimi."

William M. Reed
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Old 08-15-2006, 05:03 AM   #24
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Bad ukemi = aki DOH!!
It's bad i know but hey who can miss a homer joke!
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Old 08-15-2006, 12:42 PM   #25
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Re: Advertising for your local dojo!

Quote:
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My favorite one isn't there anymore: "Aikidoka do it with a strong Irimi."
Right, well, a friend of mine has a CafePress shop that offers these charming gems:

http://www.cafepress.com/aikidomojo.2893296
http://www.cafepress.com/aikidomojo.2893622

(I left out the one about irimi, but it's there...)

And I love this one:

http://www.cafepress.com/buy/Aikido/...t_/fpt_/c_360/

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