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Old 03-11-2006, 12:55 AM   #1
Dojo: Aikido Eastside
Location: Redmond, WA
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 2
Ai symbol Re-discovering Aikido

Born in Japan, I practiced Aikido at Hombu Dojo for about a year while I was a college student. Then about 3 years ago, after 20+ years of break, I went back to Aikido (yes, 40+ starter!). Aikido had been a tremendous help in revitalizing my life. I am very happy to have re-discovered Aikido.

Since last year, I began attending various seminars in Pacific Northwest (USA), where I currently live (I moved to the US a few years after graduating from college). Seminars are wonderful place to meet other Aikido practitioners. But I found it interesting that there were very few Japanese students attending seminars (if any). Other than Sensei, I have met only a handful so far. I am not dying to meet other Japanese. I just found it interesting.

Back home (in Japan), Aikido is definitely not a popular martial art. In Japan, not many dojos are open for training every day (at least in Tokyo/Yokohama area). When I tell my Japanese friends that I do Aikido, many of them ask me what Aikido is like. They know the name, but not much else. In contrast, Aikido community seems to be growing fast(er) in North America and Europe. I wonder what attracts people outside Japan to Aikido, and not in Japan.

I have been tempted to start teaching Japanese language for Aikido for beginner students. It must be very difficult to remember complicated technique names if you don't know what they mean. I take my hat off to those who can!
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Old 03-11-2006, 11:32 AM   #2
Michael O'Brien
Dojo: Nashville Aikikai
Location: Nashville, Tn
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 288
Re: Re-discovering Aikido


Welcome from Nashville, Tn. If you were near to me I would love a Japanese language for beginners class.

Harmony does not mean that there are no conflicts,
for the dynamic spiral of existence embraces both extremes.
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Old 03-11-2006, 12:17 PM   #3
Dojo: Aikido Kenkyukai International
Location: Ambler, Pennsylvania
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 232
Re: Re-discovering Aikido

Nice to meet you. Regarding students from Japan attending seminars.... I find that when the AKI dojo in Santa Barbara, Canada, and Australia hold gasshuku, students from Japan almost always come. It's a wonderful experience for all of us. It reminds us of our connections with each other.

Best regards.
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Old 03-13-2006, 09:54 AM   #4
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Re: Re-discovering Aikido

Hi Ikuko,

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Old 03-13-2006, 03:32 PM   #5
Dojo: Aikido Eastside
Location: Bellevue
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 2
Re: Re-discovering Aikido

Should you choose to start this class, count me as interested. And since you are near to me, that makes it all the easier!

Patrick Davis
Aikido Eastside, Bellevue Washington, USA
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Old 03-17-2006, 05:09 PM   #6
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Posts: 5
Re: Re-discovering Aikido

Amigo Ikuko, certainly Aikido is most popular in Europe (France is mad with aikido) and USA than Japan but... "nadie es profeta en su tierra".
Good ki for you.
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Old 03-20-2006, 11:52 AM   #7
Noela Bingham
Dojo: Jade/ Frimley Surrey
Location: Camberley,Surrey
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 7
Re: Re-discovering Aikido

Hello iokuyama, i think teaching Japaneses for Aikido students is a brilliant idea. The pronunciation can be difficult.
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Old 03-26-2006, 12:02 PM   #8
Meggy Gurova
Dojo: Chowa
Location: Sofia
Join Date: Apr 2004
Posts: 50
Re: Re-discovering Aikido

Yes, isīt it amazing! I have 2 Japanese friends, and they didnīt have Any idea what aikido was until they came to see a practice, and after the practice they exclaimed "Oh, you are more japanese then japanese people are!"
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