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Old 10-03-2007, 09:55 PM   #1
Daniel Biggins
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How to begin

I live in Hailey Idaho and I am interested in beginning to learn aikido. There is a dojo here, but I do not know anything about the sensei. Does anyone have experience with him? What should I look for in a dojo or a sensei? I am sure it is a matter of preference, but any suggestions would be helpful!
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Old 10-03-2007, 10:26 PM   #2
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Re: How to begin

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Old 10-04-2007, 10:52 AM   #3
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Re: How to begin

Best suggestion I can make, especially since your choices appear to be limited, is to get in there and try a few classes. The instructor should be up front about his experience, and should have no problem telling you who his teachers are/were and to what organizations he/she might belong to. To be otherwise is a sure warning sign, but not necessarily hard evidence of deception or incompetence.
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Old 10-04-2007, 03:17 PM   #4
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Re: How to begin

IMHO, it is best to start where you are with the resources available. A lot of people gather too much information and never end up on the mat.

Lynn Seiser PhD
Yondan Aikido & FMA/JKD
We do not rise to the level of our expectations, but fall to the level of our training. Train well. KWATZ!
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Old 10-04-2007, 07:24 PM   #5
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Re: How to begin

1. Call, and speek to whoever answers about coming to class as a new student (gi, fees, schedule, etc)
2. Go.
3. Report back and we will rip your experience to pieces in this public forum....

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Old 10-04-2007, 09:40 PM   #6
Daniel Biggins
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Re: How to begin

Thank you all for the advice. I will go! I will try!
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