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Old 01-19-2004, 02:25 PM   #1
zachbiesanz
Dojo: New York Aikikai; Byakkokan Dojo (Toyama Ryu Battodo)
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Join Date: Mar 2003
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How's your university club?

I've been training at a university club for nearly four years now, and I'm curious about other university clubs because I haven't had the chance for much interaction with them. So here are some questions to get discussion started...

What college/university?

How many students total?

How many students in an average class?

How many Japanese students?

Who teaches?

What kinds of facilities do you use?

What do you do to recruit?

Do you mostly get beginners, or people with experience?

How are your relations to the administration?

Dues, if any?

Classes (# per week and duration)?

Affiliation, if any?

Answer as many or as few of these as you like. I'll throw in my info a bit later. Also, please add any good questions that I may have missed.

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Old 01-29-2004, 08:34 PM   #2
JO
Dojo: Aikikai de l'Université Laval
Location: Sainte-Catherine-de-la-J.-C., Québec
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Re: How's your university club?

This thread doesnt seem to be going anywhere, but here I go. I added my answers in the quote.
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Zach Biesanz (zachrocksteady) wrote:
I've been training at a university club for nearly four years now, and I'm curious about other university clubs because I haven't had the chance for much interaction with them. So here are some questions to get discussion started...

What college/university?

Université Laval

How many students total?

Not sure, we were 46 last Friday (regulars and beginners together) but many people were not there. Maybe 60 showing up at least time to time.

How many students in an average class?

Numbers have really gone up in the last two years. When I first moved here it was like 8-10, nopw it's more like 20-30+

How many Japanese students?

Only one.

Who teaches?

Pierre Gosselin, 6th dan

Jocelyne Caron, 5th dan

In both cases the university club is their only dojo.

What kinds of facilities do you use?

A "dojo" room in the university sports complex. Also used for judo and self defense classes.

What do you do to recruit?

We've occasionnaly put up posters and we do a demonstration for the new students, along with all the other martial arts taught at the university, every September.

Do you mostly get beginners, or people with experience?

Mostly beginners, but people with experience regularly show up as international students and are interesting to have around as they always have a slightly different approach.

How are your relations to the administration?

OK I guess. Not something I have to deal with personnally.

Dues, if any?

Dues are set by the university and are quite reasonable for students. But those like me from outside the university community pay quite a bit more.

Classes (# per week and duration)?

Beginners (1,5 hours Monday or Wednesday, 2 h Friday)

Regulars (2 hours on Monday, Wednesday and Friday) Some regulars help with the beginners and therfore do up to 9 hours a week.

Affiliation, if any?

Aikikai, USAF-East

Answer as many or as few of these as you like. I'll throw in my info a bit later. Also, please add any good questions that I may have missed.

Jonathan Olson
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Old 01-30-2004, 07:25 AM   #3
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Not sure what you want all this for but:

1. University of Ulster, N. Ireland

2. 20

3. 6-8

4. were 2, but they've moved on.

5. me

6. uni sports cente

7. advertising with posters/flyers/table (in main area) at start of each semester.

8. beginners

9. students union are crap - in fact they may restrict people outside the uni joining the club, and thus we may soon have to relocate

10. costs people to be members of sportsa centre (£47 if outside uni, £10 for students/yr). Free training after that!

11. 1/wk in winter, 2/wk in summer (difficulties getting any more hall space)

12. some type of affiliation very important; we're with aiki no michi.

Big problem is many students join at start of term BUT most are very unreliable due to social activities (drinking) and end up leaving. The staff and outsiders are the ones which maintain the club. Also many good students are lost when they finish uni and therefore regularly training newbies.

Considering relocating to sports centre outside uni to get more outside people (at least for an extra night).

Ian

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Old 01-30-2004, 07:58 AM   #4
Nick Simpson
Dojo: White Rose Aikido - Durham University
Location: Gateshead
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What college/university?

Sunderland University UK.

How many students total?

between 30 and 40.

How many students in an average class?

20.

How many Japanese students?

None.

Who teaches?

Sensei Peter Seth 2nd Dan

Sensei Jayson Teneur 1st Dan.

What kinds of facilities do you use?

University Sportshall

Local Leisure Centre Badminton Court.

What do you do to recruit?

Freshers Fair table with video, posters, photographs, flyers at the start of the year. We also have a website and put up posters during the year.

Do you mostly get beginners, or people with experience?

Mostly beginners.

How are your relations to the administration?

Average Id say, we get left alone because we dont have any competitions that they can show off.

Dues, if any?

£5 for students, £10 or £15 for non students for a years worth of insurance, £1.50 for a 2 hour training session (half of which goes back to the univeristy administration and the other half we tend to keep for any advertising costs or just blow it all on a party at the end of the year)

Classes (# per week and duration)?

2 classes per week, both 2 hours long, fridays 7-9pm and saturdays 2:15pm-4:15pm.

Affiliation, if any?

White Rose Aikikai.

Weve got a good core of regular students now who have been training between 2 years and 5 years (grades ranging from 5th kyu to 2nd kyu, 4th kyu being the average), whom most of which will be sticking around for a long time, but we do tend to spend more time training beginners who then leave after a year or two if that.

I think university dojos are a good thing, although not many people stick around for the long run, we still reach a lot of people and I feel that we are making real progress at the minute with more new dedicated members and a couple of students who are ready to grade. Plus, I love the drinking sessions after training

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