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Old 03-10-2004, 06:46 PM   #1
Big Dave
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Question Training in Japan

Hi All. Newbie here.I love this website and have spent hours lurking here. I have been training now for several months and am ,like many others, completely addicted to Aikido. Currently I am training five times a week - three group classes and two privates per week.
I am a high school history teacher and therefore have a two month vacation coming this summer. I would love to go to Japan to train during that time more intensively - to "live the life" so to speak. Can anyone suggest a specific program that would accept a live in student for two months during the summer? I have written emails to several dojos and they have not replied. Sometimes the info that is found on the web is outdated. Thanks in advance for suggestions.
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Old 03-10-2004, 11:05 PM   #2
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two months might be pushing it a bit. Also, don't forget that Japan is an extremely expensive country and difficult to get around in if you don't speak or read the language.

As far as programs go, is your dojo affiliated with a larger organization like aikikai or yoshinkan? Our dojo occasionally does exchanges with a new york dojo, so you might be able to do something similar if you talk to your sensei
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Old 03-11-2004, 04:48 AM   #3
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Hi!

I'm planning a trip to japan myself next year - though I can hardly be away for more than three weeks. Partly due to the money-issue - partly since I'm gonna miss my kids too much... The essential part is that I can tack along with another fellow who has been to the dojo in question 4 or 5 times before.

I think it's essential that you got a contact, and I would really suggest that you 'work your way up' your organisation. Start out by talking it over with your sensei. If he/she has no contacts go to the next level above and ask for suggestions. Just mailing a dojo in japan with no prior intorduction or reference will hardly do the trick. It fear it might even reduce your chances of ever getting in contact with someone over there.

Asking within your organisation would also make it more likely that you find the right type of aikido. If you are doing aikikai there is allways the hombu dojo in Tokyo. You should be allowed to practice there and they have classes from early morning till late night. However you will have to find your own accomodation.

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Old 03-11-2004, 09:50 AM   #4
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David,

I checked out the website for your dojo and cannot tell where your sensei studied aikido or with whom he is affiliated, but... given your close proximity to New York I would suggest going to train under Yamada Shihan at the New York Aikikai. He was a direct student of O'Sensei and no matter WHAT your affliation, I can not see learning from Yamada ever being a mistake.

Check out his website: www.nyaikikai.com/

Personally, I agree that going to Japan would absolutly rock as far as training goes. BUT... why go through the expense when Japan has already come to you?

Also, Satome Shihan is in Washington D.C. and is another outstanding instructor/direct student of the founder. http://www.asu.org/Saotome.html

Wish I were as close to these two as you are!

Good luck and keep training!

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Old 03-11-2004, 12:22 PM   #5
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Also don't forget Kanai sensei who also studied under O'Sensei and teaches in Boston http://www.neaikikai.org
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Old 03-11-2004, 09:13 PM   #6
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Re: Training in Japan

Quote:
david peling (Big Dave) wrote:
Hi All. Newbie here.I love this website and have spent hours lurking here. I have been training now for several months and am ,like many others, completely addicted to Aikido. Currently I am training five times a week - three group classes and two privates per week.

I am a high school history teacher and therefore have a two month vacation coming this summer. I would love to go to Japan to train during that time more intensively - to "live the life" so to speak. Can anyone suggest a specific program that would accept a live in student for two months during the summer? I have written emails to several dojos and they have not replied. Sometimes the info that is found on the web is outdated. Thanks in advance for suggestions.

dave
Try Kobayashi Dojo at http://www.cup.com/kobayashi-dojo/english/index(en).htm . The English side doesn't have much on the live-in training program, but there's a page in Japanese that covers it. They tend to overwork their Japanese live-in students, but for foreigners it's not too bad. You can also live in the dojo very cheaply, but the accomodations are pretty bare-bones. There are other programs, but this is probably one of the easiest for an outsider with no personal connections to get entree into for a short period.

You could also just go to Aikikai (or some other) hombu and train 5 or 6 times a day, but you'd have to find your own accomodations.

Best,

Chris

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Old 03-11-2004, 10:25 PM   #7
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Thanks everyone for your help. As a result of this post, I have been contacted directly by a Dojo in Tokyo which I hope will work out.

Thanks again,

David
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Old 03-11-2004, 10:59 PM   #8
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Great! let us know how it works out. (I have some time off after my contract ends, so if there is a short term program, I'd love to hear about it)
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