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Old 04-13-2004, 03:32 PM   #1
Dojo: Aikikai-Liechtenstein
Location: Liechtenstein
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 23
a year training in Japan

im an apprentice right now and when im finished I would like to spend a year in japan to learn japanese

now i heard my sensei talking about aikido training camps in japan.
You train the whole year there.

I dont have any infos about them

so is it more for advanced people?

and would you need to be able to speak japanese?

where do you live?

could someone help me out or give me some links?

thank you
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Old 04-15-2004, 11:27 PM   #2
Dojo: Aikikai Dobunkan/ Icho Ryu Aikijujutsu
Location: Indiana
Join Date: Nov 2001
Posts: 247
I'm currently living and working in Japan. I'm not to sure, but it seems like uchideshi programs vary from place to place.

I would also say that speaking japanese is a must. You might be able to ape the movements, but you will miss out on a lot in class without a good command of the language. There is also daily life/ interactions outside of the dojo to consider too.
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Old 04-17-2004, 01:07 AM   #3
Gilles D'Hoker
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Dojo: Brugse Aikido Vereniging
Location: Brugge
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 20
I don't know your financial status but you do know Japan is very expensive!

some links that might help...



And for an extra tip... Never give a Japanese a tip 'money' they consider that as an insult!


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Old 04-17-2004, 02:44 PM   #4
Alan Lomax
Dojo: Doumukai Aikido
Location: San Diego, CA.
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 33

You should get on one of the web search pages and look up AIKIKAI HOMBO DOJO and YOSHINKAN HOMBO DOJO. They will answer most of the questions you have. All you need to do is explore the sites. Of course there are others but these will get you started.

You do not need to have any grasp of Japanese language but it is helpful. I recently returned to the US after a four year tour in Japan. Prior to that I had been stationed there for three years. You can get by in Japan with no Japanese language but again it is not the best way to get by. You can not get by in Japan without the appropriate finance though.

You do not have to have any experience in Aikido whatsoever, it is desirable though. Your financial support and living arrangements are up to you to work out before you finalize your trip.

You should also get onto the US Embassy web site and find out as much of the information you need to know to make your trip a successful venture. A good many travel to Japan and find themselves having to leave the country earlier than they intended because they hadn't prepared properly.


Alan Lomax
Doumukai Aikido
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Old 04-17-2004, 05:10 PM   #5
Charles Hill
Dojo: Numazu Aikikai/Aikikai Honbu Dojo
Location: Three Lakes WI/ Mishima Japan
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 837
Re: a year training in Japan

Steven Wohlwend (solidsteven) wrote:
I would like to spend a year in japan to learn japanese

This is a very good idea. There are many, many language schools, especially in the Tokyo area. There are, in fact, a few within walking distance of both Aikikai Honbu and Kinokenkyukai Honbu.

You should get a copy of either/both Nihongo Journal and Hiragana Times, magazines that help Japanese language learners. They will have ads for these schools.

Charles Hill
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Old 04-18-2004, 03:24 PM   #6
Robert Cowham
Dojo: East Sheen Aikido and Kashima No Tachi
Location: London, UK
Join Date: Jul 2000
Posts: 274
You might find the following article (on www.aikidojournal.com) interesting:

Becoming an Uchideshi, or How to Train Seriously in Japan

by Patrick Augé

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