Welcome to AikiWeb Aikido Information
AikiWeb: The Source for Aikido Information
AikiWeb's principal purpose is to serve the Internet community as a repository and dissemination point for aikido information.

Sections
home
aikido articles
columns

Discussions
forums
aikiblogs

Databases
dojo search
seminars
image gallery
supplies
links directory

Reviews
book reviews
video reviews
dvd reviews
equip. reviews

News
submit
archive

Miscellaneous
newsletter
rss feeds
polls
about

Follow us on



Home > AikiWeb Aikido Forums
Go Back   AikiWeb Aikido Forums > General

Hello and thank you for visiting AikiWeb, the world's most active online Aikido community! This site is home to over 22,000 aikido practitioners from around the world and covers a wide range of aikido topics including techniques, philosophy, history, humor, beginner issues, the marketplace, and more.

If you wish to join in the discussions or use the other advanced features available, you will need to register first. Registration is absolutely free and takes only a few minutes to complete so sign up today!

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 06-19-2000, 11:03 PM   #1
peterb
"peterb"
IP Hash: 2c2cf0d8
Join Date: Jun 2000
Anonymous User
Offline
Hi There,
I may be moving to N Ca. later this year. I was wondering if I could get some recommendations on great dojos in various areas? I've checked out the dojo search, but obviously there are quite a few dojos in N Ca. (anywhere from Monterrey to Marin County including the East Bay)

While I enjoy many styles of Aikido, I'm really looking for a fairly traditional Aikikai dojo which teaches suwari-waza, hanmi handachi, as well as standing techniques, kumi jo/tachi, and jo/tachi dori. I'm looking for a place that offers classes at least 5 days a week, and one with an outstanding sensei (probably godan or higher, although there are some great sandans out there . . .).

I'm fairly flexible as to location since quality of dojos would be one of my first criteria in choosing a location (how lucky can you get :->), although accss to the ocean and to San Jose or San Francisco (not daily) will be important.

Any input/ideas would be appreciated. And I'm not suggesting the above spec is a "good" dojo. I've trained in a range of dojo's including Tomiki - its just what I'm personally looking for at my "home" dojo.

Thanks in advance,
Peter
  Reply With Quote
Old 06-21-2000, 10:30 AM   #2
akiy
 
akiy's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2000
Posts: 5,853
Offline
There's a whole host of great dojo in the San Francisco area. The Bay Area has probably the highest concentration of aikido dojo in the United States with at least a few dozen dojo within an hour's drive.

The best thing for you to do, I would say, would be to go and visit as many of the dojo as you can at the beginning. It sounds like you have enough experience to ask the right questions and look for the right "stuff" at the dojo. I could give you personal recommendations, but they would be based on my own experience in the art which is undoubtedly different from yours.

Heck -- you could be like me and just dojo hop for a while in the area. I can say that I didn't encounter any dojo there who didn't welcome me in during the time I wandered around...


Good luck! Let us know what you find.

-- Jun

Please help support AikiWeb -- become an AikiWeb Contributing Member!
  Reply With Quote
Old 06-22-2000, 05:37 PM   #3
Mike Collins
Location: San Jose
Join Date: Jun 2000
Posts: 189
United_States
Offline
I train in the Bay Area now, and I would strongly recommend you do just that: Dojo-hop. There is a lot of GREAT Aikido here, but the divergence of teachers is equal to the quality. (and sadly, they seldom see eye-to-eye)

Train around a lot, cause many of these teachers have people under them who teach, and they may or may not reflect the main teacher.
  Reply With Quote
Old 06-23-2000, 01:18 AM   #4
Erik
Location: Bay Area
Join Date: Jun 2000
Posts: 1,200
Offline
I'm a NorCal guy as well and currently train in one main dojo and a common site in 2 others. I agree with the rest. Train them all.

By the way, the breadth of distance you've mentioned is huge, well over a hundred miles and at 5:00 oclock or so, you won't be getting anywhere fast. I currently commute 55 minutes to where I train and I don't fight traffic. I want to move but don't want a $500/mo rent increase either.

Where you live and work will probably greatly affect where you train.
  Reply With Quote
Old 07-06-2000, 03:35 AM   #5
tarik
 
tarik's Avatar
Dojo: Iwae Dojo
Location: Boulder Creek, CA
Join Date: Jun 2000
Posts: 516
United_States
Offline
Yep.. I'm a NorCal guy (though we're sometimes called the central coast) I currently train near home and work an hour away and I'm planning to begin training in the (very good) dojo near my workplace in addition to my current choice.

There's no such thing as too much of a good thing... in moderation, of course. :-)

Tarik
  Reply With Quote
Old 07-06-2000, 08:45 AM   #6
dbgard
Dojo: FSU Aikido Club
Location: Tallahassee, FL / Miami, FL
Join Date: Jul 2000
Posts: 51
Offline
Talking I've heard of one bad ass dojo in Cali (shake it shake it California love)

I have read George Leonard's books "Mastery" and "The Way of Aikido--Life Lessons from an American Sensei."

In my opinion, there is no way in hell Aikido of Tamalpais is anything less than a wonderful and true sanctuary (dojo).

If I'm ever in the mood to hike 3000+ miles from Miami to California, wearing my gi and wielding a misogi-no-jo, I will most certainly check it out. Or maybe I'll find a faster means of transportation 8).

Here's a small haiku I wrote, modified slightly, it is not directed towards Leonard Sensei, but if he reads it too that's cool with me.

When pissed at the world 8(
Consider the ladybug 8D
Flawless, yet humble 8)

hara-kiri for the fear-mongers,
sushi-waza for the peace-makers.

--The great dream shared among my friends--

--Please see [u]Aikido and the Harmony of Nature[u] [i]illustration:[i] p. 125. Mitsugi-san, I taught you aikido in my former life, and no
  Reply With Quote
Old 07-06-2000, 09:23 AM   #7
akiy
 
akiy's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2000
Posts: 5,853
Offline
Quote:
dbgard wrote:
In my opinion, there is no way in hell Aikido of Tamalpais is anything less than a wonderful and true sanctuary (dojo).
It's a great dojo. I still consider it my "home" dojo in the Bay Area.

However, there are at least a few dozen dojo in the area within an hour's drive, many of them really good as well. As I've said before, I would try to check out as many of them as I can.

-- Jun

Please help support AikiWeb -- become an AikiWeb Contributing Member!
  Reply With Quote
Old 07-09-2000, 05:49 PM   #8
janet
Dojo: City Aikido
Location: Northern California
Join Date: Jun 2000
Posts: 18
Offline
Hi, there. We are incredibly fortunate within the Bay Area having lots of excellent dojo with high ranking sensei of various affiliations plus some unaffiliated places...I'll put in a plug for my home dojo :-) San Francisco Aikikai which is USAF Eastern Region affiliated with a head instructor who stresses technical proficiency and has a real love of the art.
I would agree with those who recommend checking out several places before you make a final decision as the "culture" varies dojo to dojo--chacun a son gout.

janet
  Reply With Quote

Please visit our sponsor:

Handmade Aikido Gifts - Handmade functional ceramic art with aikido themes



Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
The GREAT kata debate Jorx General 35 04-01-2009 08:02 PM
Philadelphia Dojos Testimonials MarqueFranklin-Williams General 11 01-24-2008 08:46 AM
Two Dojos in One (...by Ronco (tm)) Magma General 28 03-10-2005 04:01 PM
Is there an 'intensity' rating for dojos? jaxonbrown Techniques 3 08-14-2002 10:04 AM
Going to other dojos Kat.C General 18 03-18-2002 02:57 PM


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 01:15 AM.



vBulletin Copyright © 2000-2014 Jelsoft Enterprises Limited
----------
Copyright 1997-2014 AikiWeb and its Authors, All Rights Reserved.
----------
For questions and comments about this website:
Send E-mail
plainlaid-picaresque outchasing-protistan explicantia-altarage seaford-stellionate