Hi, I'm pretty new to martial arts (except for a 1 month free pass to Karate) and recently I have taken an interest into aikido. My choice was between Iaido or Aikido, but my friend and i decided on Aikido as our Martial Art to learn.
Well anyways, I'm living in Gilbert, Arizona and am looking for tips on a good dojo in the Phoenix area. I am currently looking at Aikido of Scottsdale as they are apart of USAF, and thanks to their website I have more information about their pricing and what not.
But the problem is, I'm not to sure if this is an excellent dojo. I'm not too keen on going to one of those "joke" dojo's that are in it for the money, I want to learn this art and attempt to perfect the moves to the best of my ability. The spiritual side of the art is also grabbing me, and i don't feel a dojo in it for the money would be able to supply what I need from the dojo.
So I searched the web for an active forum (this one looks quite active) and now asking if anyone in Phoenix has knows of a totally awesome dojo that would help me immensely.
Another thing about Aikido of Scottsdale that I like is that there classes are open to all students. So I could go as many times per week as they were open. I did not find this feature with other school's websites I visited.
Thanks for your help.
Oh, just a little story. Earlier I mentioned how i didn't want to join a "joke" dojo, well here is a story of a run in with one. When I was 8 was when I learned karate, we went to a few different schools by our house, and one of the ones I tried was too much of a joke. Advancing belt colors, and advancing in class was determined by how you helped out your parents. If you vacuumed the house, you got a strip on your belt and just other things like that. lol. that just cracked me up. Keep the parents happy because the kid does chores, and they keep bringing the kid back to class and paying for him. Pretty smart for a greedy person