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Old 04-03-2006, 12:20 PM   #1
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Question Trip to San Jose... looking to practice!

Hello all,
I have a business trip coming up the first week of May to San Jose I will only be in town for a couple of days, but I would love to train somewhere while I am there. I have no affiliation with any of the schools out there. I am wondering what dojos are in the area and what their policies are on a guest (fees, schedule, etc). Thank you for any responses or advice

Nathan

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Old 04-03-2006, 01:07 PM   #2
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Re: Trip to San Jose... looking to practice!

Nathan,

Please give Jack Wada Sensei a call at Aikido of San Jose. Very warm and inviting dojo and students. Great people there. The dojo is right in the heart of Japantown and there are really good places to eat right there in the area.

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Old 04-03-2006, 02:10 PM   #3
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Re: Trip to San Jose... looking to practice!

Might try Aikido of Santa Clara. Could be interesting! Just reading the website gives hints of that. Mike Sensei is a plain speaking, no nonsense, non conformist type of guy.

http://www.aikidosantaclara.com/index.htm

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Old 04-03-2006, 02:11 PM   #4
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Re: Trip to San Jose... looking to practice!

..and if you have time to drive "over the hill" to Santa Cruz...about 35min from SanJose. Aikido of Santa Cruz is a nice place to vist.

Here is a link to the web site, which has our class schedule

http://www.northbayaikido.org/
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Old 04-03-2006, 02:41 PM   #5
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Re: Trip to San Jose... looking to practice!

I also recommend Aikido of Santa Clara. You won't find a better guy to meet than Mike Collins and the training will be enjoyable as well.

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Old 04-03-2006, 09:40 PM   #6
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Re: Trip to San Jose... looking to practice!

I trained with Mike a Santa Clara a couple of weeks ago. Very new dojo, but nicely setup. The one class I could get to was fairly small, so lots of personal attention. Mike and Paul are both nice guys.

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Old 04-04-2006, 05:55 PM   #7
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Re: Trip to San Jose... looking to practice!

Okay, couple things:

1. Jack Wada is a great teacher and a nice guy and the dojo is a nice place to train. Unfortunately, it's no longer in Japantown. A tragedy for San Jose's Nihonmachi, I think.

2. That Mike Collins, you're right. I know him and he's a helluvaguy. Salt of the earth.

3. Nonconformist? Hmm... Gotta think on that. But I suspect I conform when the shape makes sense to me. But please don't call me sensei, especially on the internet. My teacher is sensei. Me, I'll stick with Mike on the internet.

4. Thanks, Clark Sensei (gotta give up the dues when they're due, Chuck is a bona fide). Means a lot to me.

5. Hi Justin!
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Old 04-04-2006, 10:33 PM   #8
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Re: Trip to San Jose... looking to practice!

Quote:
Jorge Garcia wrote:
Mike XXXXXX is a plain speaking, no nonsense, non conformist type of guy.

http://www.aikidosantaclara.com/index.htm
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Mike Collins wrote:
3. Nonconformist? Hmm... Gotta think on that. But I suspect I conform when the shape makes sense to me. But please don't call me sensei, especially on the internet. My teacher is sensei. Me, I'll stick with Mike on the internet.
I rest my case. Sorry I mentioned it. Won't happen again.

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Old 04-07-2006, 07:39 AM   #9
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Re: Trip to San Jose... looking to practice!

Thanks to all for your comments an suggestions. I was able to get in contact with Mike Collins and arrange something. Can't hardly wait to get there!! I will let you all know how the trip goes when I get back.

Thanks again!

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