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Old 03-06-2002, 12:21 PM   #1
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Budo in Germany

OK, here's the deal. I just got off the phone doing an interview for a job at Grafenwoehr, in Bavaria. Graf is (IIRC) the largest military complex in NATO and certainly the largest US complex left in Germany.

The interview went very well and I've got a really good feeling about this.

I'll be looking into budo in that part of the country. Any ideas or leads appreciated.

Graf is situated between Nuernburg and the Czech border, about 3 hours more or less from Stuttgart and 4 or so from Freiburg, if I'm figuring right.

Chuck
I can almost taste the schnitzel ...

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Old 03-06-2002, 12:44 PM   #2
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Tongue Congrats!

Can't offer any advice, never been to Germany.
Just wanted to say:
Congrats! and Good Luck!



Mike

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Old 03-07-2002, 05:22 AM   #3
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Maybe I can be of help here...

There are several dojos in Stuttgart (my home city!):
Aikido Club Stuttgart e.V.
http://www.aikido-club-stuttgart.de

Takemusu Aikido Stuttgart, Bad Cannstatt
http://www.aikido-stuttgart.de

Aikido im TV Cannstatt, Stuttgart
http://www.aikido-in-stuttgart.de

just to name a few.

In Nürnberg, you can find
Freie Aikido- Gruppe Nürnberg (Kobayashi-Ryu)
http://www.aikido-gruppe-nuernberg.de

Aikido Dojo ShoShin (Kobayashi-Ryu)
http://www.shoshin.de

Aikido Zentrum Nürnberg
http://www.aikido-zentrum-nuernberg.de

Aikido im Postsportverein Nürnberg
http://www.aikido-nuernberg.de

In Freiburg:
Aikido in Freiburg (Tendo-Ryu)
http://www.aikido-club-freiburg.de

Aikido in Freiburg (Aikikai)
http://home.t-online.de/home/peter_a...ich/aikido.htm

To find more dojos, you can take a look at
http://www.aikido.de

For other budo, try this one
http://www.kampfkunst.de

happy training (and many Schnitzel )

Anne

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Old 03-07-2002, 09:28 AM   #4
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Originally posted by Anne
Maybe I can be of help here...
Anne,

Thanks for the info!

Do you know Beate Kawelke? She studies in Stuttgart at a club near the ferenseheturm. Lovely lass, very good aikido. She's been to a couple of the aikido-list seminars here in the US. She and her husband Andreas were at my wedding in November!

Andy Wilby is another dear friend who lives in Freiburg. Originally a Yorkshireman, he's been in Germany for many years. He runs a small but active club in Freiburg and was one of the featured instructors at the last aikido-l seminar (and was also at the wedding!)

I'll definitely be visiting them and hope to meet you!

I'll look up those links soon!

Thanks!

Chuck

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Old 03-08-2002, 04:40 AM   #5
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Hi Chuck,
no problem

I left Stuttgart before I started Aikido (I now live in Kiel) but I know Andy Wilby. We made friends last year on the annual Easter Camp of the Danish Aikikai and I really hope to see him there again in two weeks. Hopefully, he can also come to our seminar in June this year. There's a lot of great Aikido in Germany, so I'm sure you find a dojo, soon. Maybe we'll meet on the mat in Stuttgart when I'm visiting my parents or on a seminar.

Happy training

Anne

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Old 03-12-2002, 06:15 AM   #6
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Hi Chuck!

Just want to tell you that you're welcome in Denmark as well. It's a bit of a drive from Stutgart, but we have some pretty decent instructors. Mail me if you want more info. We also have the easter seminar (this year with takao sensei) that Anne mentioned and that should be worth takeing a look at. You might not make it this year though - but maybe next year. Lots and lots of european aikidoist come for that event, and it great fun.

See you - hopefully !

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Old 03-13-2002, 09:02 AM   #7
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Just want to tell you that you're welcome in Denmark as well. It's a bit of a drive from Stutgart, but we have some pretty decent

Thanks for the kind invitation! If al goes well and the job actually comes through, rest assured that Emily and I will be traveling in Europe a bit and certainly hope to make it to the far north!

Thanks again!

Chuck

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Old 03-14-2002, 05:14 AM   #8
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Thanks for the kind invitation! If al goes well and the job actually comes through, rest assured that Emily and I will be traveling in Europe a bit and certainly hope to make it to the far north!
Thanks again!
Chuck [/b]
In that case.... heres our dojo's homepage: http://www.daimi.au.dk/~piparum/aikido/ not much info in english though. Feel free to e-mail me. We have training on mondays through thursdays and on sundays (in spite of what is written on the site). Our Chief instructor is an aikido godan (aikikai) and iaido godan (Aiki-to-ho). (Okay I admit that I'm bragging... )

I'm afraid it would be hard for me to put you up for more than one night since I have two small kids and not too much space, but I'll be happy to set a couple of extra plates on the table. Just call ahead, so I can warn my wife and bring som alca seltzer in case I do the cooking

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Old 04-30-2002, 11:58 AM   #9
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Talking I've got a ticket to fly ...

Just a quick update for all concerned or interested:

I'll be largely absent from the forum for a while during my relocation to Germany.

I leave the US on May 15 and will arrive in Deutschland May 16. Won't be settled into our temporary quarters till the 17th and have no clue how long we'll be there before we get permanent housing.

My 'net access will be restricted to work and the library, so I doubt I'll be posting much, but I'll peek in and lurk as much as possible.

Ya'll play nice while I'm gone and I look forward to getting back into the swing of things as I settle in.

Take good care!

Chuck
Countdown: 14 days and a wake-up call ...

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Old 05-02-2002, 11:34 AM   #10
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Quote:
Thanks for the kind invitation! If al goes well and the job actually comes through, rest assured that Emily and I will be traveling in Europe a bit and certainly hope to make it to the far north!
Well if you come AS far north as Estonia... should be a 2day drive from where you will be then maybe you can conduct a class for in our dojo or just participate:P

Anyway our's is just a small beginner-dojo, if you compare it to most of the others but be sure to visit those brothers in Riga (I don't remember the names )

Jorgen
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Old 05-02-2002, 02:15 PM   #11
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Congratulations on your new job, Chuck! If you plan to visit JJF, our dojo is right on your way north (Kiel) Nürnberg to Kiel: +/- 8hrs, Kiel to Aarhus: +/-3hrs. Hope to see you on the mat somewhere,

Anne

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Old 05-02-2002, 03:24 PM   #12
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Thanks to ALL of you Euro folks for the kind invites. Yes, Emily and I will travel and train as much as we can!

Perhaps we can hop a nachtzug for Kiel someday soon, and Estonia sounds like a WONDERFUL holiday, too! Love to come train or share our stuff or both.

Chuck
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Old 05-12-2002, 02:58 PM   #13
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Eek! Delurk and status report

Emily and I are sitting in a jumbled mess of an apartment (Me: Where're my
shorts? Em: Shorts? You got shorts? I been wearing the same pants for three
days! Where's the cat???) as we prepare for the shippers, pack luggage (we
invested in a suitcase almost as big as our apartment; no really, a small
family could LIVE in there and the kids would have their own rooms), try to
sort perishables (Martin, you want some mustard, black beans, Boca Burgers
and an open tin of chipotles?) from things that'll keep for the weeks or
months it'll take our stuff to follow us to Germany.

Emily, in the meantime, has gotten herself nationally certified and is
studying German. I had my last day at work (wandered the halls giggling as
I out-processed), and have turned the dojo over to Tim.

We're almost ready to start our adventure and are eager to be past these
next 72+ hours and be on the way.

We took a break in the mad dash and frantic last-minute errands and played
with sticks yesterday with a grand bunch of folks, dear friends and more
family than some blood relations. The Kim and Tim show, aka Not Exactly
Wood and Steel IV, was a blast and a fitting swan song to pass the reins of
The Dojo to young Timothy.

I'm getting ready to dismantle the computer (stand by for withdrawal
symptoms) for packing and will likely not have access to e-mail or the net
for several days at the least.

Emily sends her warmest greetings and we want to tell you all that we'll
miss you and think of you fondly. We hope to see many of our Stateside
friends show up on our doorstep in the years to come and are eagerly
anticipating reuniting with old friends in Europe as well as making new
friends (hope to see many of ya'll at Andy's in June and more of you in
Berlin later this year!)

Take good care and train hard!

Chuck and Emily

PS: Our e-mail addresses chuck@the-dojo.com and mle@the-dojo.com are the
ONLY ones that will remain active. We'll check them as soon as possible.

PPSS: Check http://www.katsujin.com/mle/ for updates and a travelogue!

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Old 05-12-2002, 08:42 PM   #14
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Safe journey and all the best in your new home. Looking forward to reading your posts when you're settled.

All the best and happy training

Mayland
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Old 05-22-2002, 06:57 AM   #15
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Talking Weeee-rrrre HERE!

Hey all,

Just a quick note. We arrived in Germany last Thursday, met Andy and
Joachim and spent a grand day in Frankfurt before completing the trip to
the wilds of eastern Bavaria.

We're in a small community that has a huge heart! The place is lovely, the
people are wonderful and the food and drink are beyond description.

Still in temporary quarters, but we go househunting tomorrow in a nearby
town. Hopefully, we'll have both transportation and a house by mid-June.

Haven't done any training yet, but hope to soon. Emily scoped out
facilities at the post gym today and we'll probably start working out next
week.

Planning to spend the weekend in Nuernburg sightseeing, then headed for
Freiburg for Andy's seminar the first weekend in June.

We're just about de-lagged, and are happy as hell to be here!

Life, my friends, is good.

More later,

Chuck-n-Emily

PS: You can reach me here at chuck.gordon@cmtymail.100asg.army.mil

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Old 05-22-2002, 09:09 PM   #16
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Re: Weeee-rrrre HERE!

Quote:
Originally posted by LOEP
Hey all,

Just a quick note. We arrived in Germany last Thursday...Life, my friends, is good.

Gutentag Herr Gordon...sorry but that's about the extent of my German.

Glad to hear you've made it to your destination safely and that its lived up to your expectations.

All the best for your new home and I hope that you and Emily will be very happy there.

Happy training

Mayland
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Old 05-23-2002, 12:45 PM   #17
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Willkommen in Deutschland!
Nice to hear you like it. Please greet Andy from all the Kiel people

Anne

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Old 05-29-2002, 03:37 AM   #18
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Willkommen in Deutschland!
Nice to hear you like it. Please greet Andy from all the Kiel people

Anne
Hi Anne! Long time no mail.

Have you informed Gordon about the upcomming Shishiya camp in Kiel ? If not I think you should do so. I could be a great opportunity for him to get some training, and to meet some of us nice folks from Germany and Denmark

We are four or five from our dojo who will come to the camp - probably during the morning on thursday, and I'm working hard on convincing a few more to join us.

BTW: my new Tsuba finally arrived. I'll bring it with me.

See you!

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Old 06-01-2002, 03:53 PM   #19
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Hi Anne! Long time no mail.

Have you informed Gordon about the upcomming Shishiya camp in Kiel ? If not I think you should do so. I could be a great opportunity for him to get some training, and to meet some of us nice folks from Germany and Denmark

We are four or five from our dojo who will come to the camp - probably during the morning on thursday, and I'm working hard on convincing a few more to join us.

BTW: my new Tsuba finally arrived. I'll bring it with me.

See you!
Sounds like my last mail didn't make it....Thanks for advertising! Our seminar can be found in the "Seminars" Section of Aikiweb

See you all in Kiel, soon!
Anne

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