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Old 06-27-2007, 05:01 AM   #101
Toby Bazarnick
Dojo: Shobu Aikido of Boston
Location: Lecce, Italy
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 34
Question Re: "We don't do that here"

Luc Saroufim wrote: View Post
there's no way i can make it to class on time, because no train goes there. i need to go to a dojo with train access. i've done all the necessary dojo searches and visited the ones i was interested in.
Luc, after a more careful read of this thread, I too am having trouble feeling your pain...

Did you visit both Shobu (Gleason Sensei's dojo) and NEA (the late-Kanai Sensei's dojo)? These places were not interesting to you?

They're both easily accessible by train/bus: NEA at a major train stop 25 min. from downtown and Shobu Aikido is a 45 minute commute from downtown Boston by train & bus.

Commuters arrive (sometimes late) at Sensei Gleason's 6:30-8pm classes twice a week and also go to his 2-hour class on Sunday (there's even a 9am sword class!). He's teaching in a Summer Gasshuku in a month, a Weapons Seminar in about 10 days, plus Basics Seminars, Open Houses, etc.

Many people more fastidious/heady than you sculpted parts of their lives around training in Boston for a time. You have what most aikidoka refer to as "a golden opportunity" - turn off the computer and go train.
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Old 06-29-2007, 05:17 AM   #102
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Dojo: Aikido Verein Esslingen
Location: Duisburg
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 193
Re: "We don't do that here"

I have been to at least two seminars where the teachers (both of them direct students of O Senseiīs or students of one of his direct students) claimed that their way of bowing in was "the right way" and "how O Sensei did it". Needless to say that they both did it in different ways

If anyone tries to convince me of doing something "because this is how O Sensei did it" then that just makes me suspicious. However, if they explaining to me why they do it the way they do it, then that gets my attention and interest.

If there is one thing that I have learned then it is this: If you put 100 aikidoka in a dojo and ask them for the right way of clapping/bowing/putting on the hakama/doing ikkyo/(*insert technique of your choice*) then you will get 100 different answers. It gives me food for thought and is the basis for such a wonderful discussion board as aikiweb, but instead of discussing clapping for hours (which timewise takes up roughly 1% of practice) Iīd much rather go and train...

And regarding shintoism/Omotokyo: I canīt remember where I read it, but didnīt O Sensei used to get upset if he caught people "imitating" him in the way he prayed, etc? Does anyone remember who wrote that?
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Old 07-10-2007, 02:44 PM   #103
Ryan Sanford
Dojo: Northwest Aikido
Location: Oregon
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 70
Re: "We don't do that here"

Nathan Gidney wrote: View Post
But it DOES mention JEWDO! (way of the Jew) anyone? huh?

Hey, I thought it was funny!
(oh, and I also liked your sig!)
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