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Old 04-08-2003, 12:00 PM   #1
Dave Wright
Dojo: Shugyo
Location: Toronto
Join Date: May 2002
Posts: 5
Question Prince George Dojo

I hope the subject heading above is going to generate some response because all my search engine turned up was a Hapkido school.
Does anyone in PG practice the art of Ueshiba. My spouse has asked me to consider living there for awhile and one of my primary concerns is aikido availability.
Initially I was excited that PG would be close to Kawahara Shihan in Vernon, but I forgot how much bigger distances are in the west...

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Old 04-08-2003, 12:32 PM   #2
Dojo: Ronin Bushido Aikido
Location: Kentucky
Join Date: Nov 2002
Posts: 34
Hope this helps:


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Old 04-08-2003, 12:58 PM   #3
Dojo: Aikido of Cincinnati/Huron Valley Aikikai
Location: Somerset Michigan
Join Date: Jul 2002
Posts: 794
I don't know if this dojo is in the area, but you might want to give this a try:

Dojo Pacific Coast Aikikai (single)

Address: #3-2227 James White Blvd.; Sidney, BC

Country: Canada

Instructors: Daniel Kempling, 4th dan

Phone: (250) 656-7979

Schedule: Su-Sa

E-mail: Sensei@aikidodojo.com

URL: http://www.aikidodojo.com

Style: Aikikai

Affiliation: Canadian Aikido Federation

Mr. Kempling is truely an excellent teacher and won't be too different from what you are currently doing (say hi to Fran Turner Sensei for me!), but I have no idea if this is even remotely in the area.


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Old 04-08-2003, 02:34 PM   #4
Dojo: Calgary Aikikai
Location: Calgary, Alberta Canada
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 76

Prince George is about 1 hr by plane, 13 by car, to Victoria, near where Mr. Kempling teaches. You are right he is very good as I have visited him while taking my kids to see their Grandma. He has moved to a new dojo and two weeks ago was putting the finishing touches to it.

To give you an appreciation of the distances this map will show Prince George , located in north central B.C. and Victoria( near Mr. Kemplings dojo) just north of Washington's Olympic Penninsula.



As for Prince George if you like the great outdoors, hiking , skiing and great people it is a nice place. As far as a dojo I haven't heard of one. If you do move there you could visit us in Calgary, 1/2 hr. by plane and 8 - 10 hours by road (depending on the weather)as we have great seminars every 3 to 4 months. Our next one is in May and in July (17 -20) in Canmore near Banff.

Let me know and I will keep you informed.


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Old 04-08-2003, 03:39 PM   #5
Dave Wright
Dojo: Shugyo
Location: Toronto
Join Date: May 2002
Posts: 5

Thanks everyone (Vince, Rachel, Andrew) for all the help, but I have done some internet searching all ready. All of the hits for prince george were other parts of the globe that the loyal minions of british monarchy happened to name.

I hope someone who is living or has lived in Prince George, British Columbia can help me out.

I will give your regards to Turner Sensei, did you know she tied the knot at the Zen centre this summer? Her email address is on our website. I am sure she would love to hear it if you are still practicing, or even if your not

I do expect I will visit Calgary and Edmonton Aikikai in the next few years or so, because my beloved expects me to visit her mother in Edmonton some day. See you on the mat!

I attempted a visit to the dojo of Sensei Kempling on two occasions when I was in Victoria. Unfortunately that was his vacation time but I really enjoyed the weapons class with Charles last summer. He was very impressive and his students very friendly.



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Old 04-09-2003, 04:15 PM   #6
Dojo: Aikido of Cincinnati/Huron Valley Aikikai
Location: Somerset Michigan
Join Date: Jul 2002
Posts: 794
Hi Dave,

Yes, we were scheduled to go to Fran & Johns wedding, but unfortunately my dad died a few days before (totally unexpected!) and of course we could not go, and we had an email exchange yesterday :-)

I looked at a map (gee, that would have helped, eh?) this morning, and yes, Price George is way far away from Vancouver, and pretty much everything! How long are you going to be there? If it is for an extended period of time, why not ask Fran Sensei about doing a club at a Y or something so that you do not fall down on your training while you are away (and bring aikido there).

and yup, still practicing. Dave, do I know you from Fran's dojo? I certainly have been there lots, being friends with Ramin, and being married to a Torontonian, I usually come and train at the dojo while in town.


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