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Old 04-20-2004, 09:40 AM   #1
Randal Gore
Location: Central Oregon Coast
Join Date: Mar 2004
Posts: 7
Freaky! How far do you travel?

I was wondering how far most people are willing to travel to get to their dojo? I've recently moved and have found that the closest dojos are about an hour away

Gas prices are a formidable foe and I'm having a hard time doing tenkan with them. I'm pretty addicted to getting thrown around on the mat and was wondering what others are running up against.


"You knew the job was dangerous when you took it."-Super Chicken
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Old 04-20-2004, 09:49 AM   #2
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Join Date: Jun 2000
Posts: 6,011
Re: How far do you travel?

Hi Randal,

Here's a poll I took a while back:

How long does it take to get to your aikido dojo from home?


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Old 04-20-2004, 10:09 AM   #3
Dojo: Bu Iku Kai Mexico
Location: Queretaro Mexico
Join Date: May 2001
Posts: 81
Re: How far do you travel?

Well when I was in Italy I lived in Viterbo and I had to travel 2 hours by train to get to the dojo and the another 2 hours to return to my home...... if you like aikido you'll do anything you can to train!.
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Old 04-20-2004, 10:14 AM   #4
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Dojo: Seibukan Aikido UK
Location: body in UK, heart still in Japan
Join Date: May 2002
Posts: 1,031
Re: How far do you travel?

I wish we had your gas prices! Over here in the UK petrol is approx 3.50 a gallon, which is about $5.50. I do a 120 mile round trip to work each day, petrol prices are the bane of my life, grrrrr. Good job I only have a 5 minute ride to the dojo



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Old 04-20-2004, 11:17 AM   #5
Dojo: Shobu Aikido Cape Cod
Location: Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Join Date: Nov 2003
Posts: 152
Re: How far do you travel?

I travel from Cape Cod to Boston....maybe 75 miles to go to Bill Gleason Sensei's dojo....worth every traffic jam I get into!!!
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Old 04-20-2004, 12:27 PM   #6
Location: Chicago, IL
Join Date: Jun 2000
Posts: 432
Re: How far do you travel?

When I drive to the dojo from work, it is a 60 to 90 minute drive. From home it is a 40 to 60 minute drive. But I don't want to train anywhere else in Chicago as long as this dojo is around (which should continue to be for a long time).

Robert Cronin
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Old 04-20-2004, 12:30 PM   #7
Location: Harrisburg, PA
Join Date: Jul 2000
Posts: 420
Re: How far do you travel?

I travel about 30-35 miles, which usually takes 40 mintues or so, one way.


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Old 04-20-2004, 01:49 PM   #8
Karen Wolek
Dojo: Kingston Aikido
Location: New York
Join Date: Dec 2002
Posts: 322
Re: How far do you travel?

I drive 40 minutes each way to my regular dojo, 5 times a week. I drive an hour each way to the other dojo once or twice a week. Both are totally worth the drive.

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Old 04-20-2004, 02:02 PM   #9
Dojo: Kododan Aikido USA
Location: Radford Virginia
Join Date: Mar 2001
Posts: 201
Re: How far do you travel?

15 or 20 feet on a good throw!

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Old 04-20-2004, 02:04 PM   #10
Dojo: Tupelo Aikikai
Location: Tupelo, Mississippi
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 16
Re: How far do you travel?

The first dojo I was a member of I drove about 30 minutes to it 3 times a week. It closed and then I joined up with one that was only about 5 or 6 minutes away. Now I run the Tupelo Aikikai in Tupelo Mississippi but it takes me about 4 hours to get to my Instructor in Montgomery Alabama.

William Gibson
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Old 04-21-2004, 05:06 PM   #11
Paula Lydon
Dojo: Aikido Shugenkai
Location: Colorado
Join Date: Jun 2002
Posts: 427
Re: How far do you travel?

~~About 30 minutes one way to my main dojo 3 to 5 times a week, an hour one way to another dojo I drop in on a couple times a month. Yes, the cost of dues + gas is getting tough to juggle~~

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Old 04-22-2004, 10:40 AM   #12
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 78
Re: How far do you travel?

When I started Aikido, I was in college. I drove to school from my house, then after school drove to my dojo, then back to my house.

I put almost 120,000 miles on my car in just over 3 years.
I was going almost 6 days a week both to school and the dojo.
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Old 04-22-2004, 10:46 AM   #13
Dojo: hopefully Purdue Aikido Club
Location: Indiana
Join Date: Apr 2004
Posts: 158
Re: How far do you travel?

In theory, I could walk there from my house in a half-hour. It's about a five-minute drive.

What? I'm new -- I don't yet know if aikido will become the lifelong practice for me that it has for others, and the nearness of the dojo was a big factor in motivating me to at least check it out for a lesson or two.

Also, it does save on gas...
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Old 04-22-2004, 03:24 PM   #14
Dojo: Rochester New York Aikido Club
Location: Rochester, NY
Join Date: Feb 2001
Posts: 44
Re: How far do you travel?

I travel 6 hours each way to see my teacher (typically every other weekend). Train with a few guys locally (10 minutes away) on what I learn when I'm with my teacher. It took me a good 5+ years to find "my teacher", and I thank god that he's in NYC and not Florida or California.

Jim Growney
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Old 04-23-2004, 03:27 PM   #15
Gilles D'Hoker
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Dojo: Brugse Aikido Vereniging
Location: Brugge
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 20
Re: How far do you travel?

Half hour walk, guess I'm the only one in a 2 mile radius...
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