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Old 06-09-2004, 06:08 AM   #76
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Re: Can I get your thoughts on my Dojo/Sense

I am a kyu-less newbie, so I have little to offer in the way of advise. I did want to share that my husband and I went through a similar experience when looking for a dojo to train at. At the time, we were only aware of one Aikido dojo within about 25 miles. My husband trained there for about a month. The "shihan" had tons of dans in several arts and claimed 10th dan in his own style of Aikido. It was more martial than the Aikido we practice now, adding a "kill move" here and there. He also held high ranks in several martial arts, although since he was in his 70's, we did not question it. When I was about to start taking it, I posted a similar thread to yours on another board where people were more than happy to point out the flaws in his credentials, and not nearly as gently as the fine Aikiweb folks have. We ended up shopping around and we able to find a new dojo that was closer to our house and the tuition for both my husband and I together is almost as much as we were paying for just one person. We are so happy with our choice and are taking in every available minute for training that we can. We have been with our dojo for about 2 months and it is like a little family. I feel comfortable working with every single person there and have yet to encounter an ego on the mat. Looking back, I am glad we made the choice we did. I think what happens is that after years of training legitimately, some people seem to get frustrated and feel they deserve greater recognition and try to take shortcuts. I think your Aikido should speak for itself. Lets just hope I keep this attitude as I progress, lol.

Good luck in whatever you do.
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Old 06-14-2004, 09:02 AM   #77
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Re: Can I get your thoughts on my Dojo/Sense

Greetings All,

Art Carey of the Philadelphia Inquirer recently sent me hard copies of the two articles he wrote about Keith Badyna in 1997. A student at Aikido of West Reading scanned them into PDF files. Because of the layout of the articles in the newspaper, it was necessary to create three PDF's. They are too large to upload to AikiWeb (1.2 mb, 2.8 mb, and 1.7mb). If you would like copies, please let me know.

As Mr. Carey said to me, perhaps these articles will help people discover the real Keith Badyna.

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Old 06-14-2004, 09:06 AM   #78
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i would like a copy if possible

just because i know people who have trained there and ilive in the area.
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Old 06-16-2004, 10:59 AM   #79
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Re: Can I get your thoughts on my Dojo/Sense

Greetings All,

PDFs of the two February 1997 Philadelphia Inquirer articles on Keith Badyna are available at:

http://www.aikido-nova.org/badyna1.pdf
http://www.aikido-nova.org/badyna2.pdf
http://www.aikido-nova.org/badyna3.pdf

The files are large, and it was necessary to split one of the articles in two.

Thanks again to journalist Art Carey of the Inquirer for making thes articles available!

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