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Old 09-27-2008, 12:59 PM   #1
Toby Bazarnick
Dojo: Shobu Aikido of Boston
Location: Lecce, Italy
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 34
Recommended dojos in London?

Hi all,

Could anyone recommend a particular dojo in London? Given only a couple days in the city, with which instructor(s) would you train? I'll be staying in the center of the city for a few nights (Thu-Sat) while doing a 2-day seminar in South Croydon.

Maybe any of the local senior students of Philip Smith Sensei? (Seems he's teaching about 130 miles northwest.) Maybe also Cath Davies? (Can't locate her current dojo.) I understand that Chiba Sensei taught here for many years...recommend any of his students?

Shobu Aikido of Boston (Gleason Sensei - www.shobu.org) is my home dojo. These are links to films of some of teachers whose seminars I've enjoyed:Thanks very much!

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Old 10-13-2008, 03:56 PM   #2
Toby Bazarnick
Dojo: Shobu Aikido of Boston
Location: Lecce, Italy
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 34
Re: Recommended dojos in London?

Found a good dojo: http://www.londonaikikai.com/

Davinder Bath, 5th dan was a nice guy, technically proficient and very serious about the spirit and precision of the techniques. In a word, intense.

Friendly atmosphere, good spirit and a classy training area.
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Old 10-14-2008, 10:40 AM   #3
Charles Cunningham
Dojo: University of Iowa Aikikai, Iowa City, IA
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 15
Re: Recommended dojos in London?

I would enthusiastically recommend the Open Aikido Association London dojo, which is affiliated with Y. Kobayashi and is run by Chris Diacopoulos. They practice in the basement of the Finsbury Leisure Centre, a ~5-10 minute walk from the Barbican tube station. I practiced with them for 3 months last year and had a great experience.


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Old 10-14-2008, 03:38 PM   #4
James Wyatt
Dojo: Budokwai
Location: London
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 33
United Kingdom
Thumbs up Re: Recommended dojos in London?

Hi- You are more than welcome to train with us at the Budokwai in Gilston Road in Chelsea see www.thebudokwai.com .

Training is Monday at 7:30 pm to 9:30pm pm and this concentrates on tai jitsu (albeit we do some tanto and kenju from time to time) and Friday 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm which is split between tai jitsu and weapon work (bokken and jo).

The class is run by John Cornish whom trained at the Hombu dojo from 1958-1964 (and made numerous visits back) and was in the same cohort as Chiba Sensei. He also trained at the Kodokan at the same time (under Mifune Sensei amongst others and partnered Donn Draeger).

It is a friendly atmosphere and we have various visiting aikidoka from different organizations including aikikai.

Hopefully see you on the mat!

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