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Old 10-02-2006, 02:04 AM   #1
Fanis Chatziapostolou
 
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Question Visitor training in London

Hello to everyone!

I will be visiting London for 6 days (3/10 to 8/10) and I would like to have a training session in a UKA affiliated dojo in London. I will be staying in the Putney area, but I think I can manage to use the public means of transportation to go to a dojo in another area.
I am a member of the Hellenic Aikido Assosiation and I have been practicing Aikido for a little more than a year (6th Kyu).
From the dojo search I found the 2 following dojo:
1. Airenjuku London
Address: School of Oriental & African Studies, Malet Street; London Country: United Kingdom
Instructors: Sue Smith
Affiliation: UKA

2. UCLU Aikido Club
Address: 15 Gordon Street; London WC1N 1AX Country: United Kingdom
Instructors: Barbara Sotowicz, 4th dan; Mire Zloh, 4th dan
Style: Aikikai
Affiliation: UKA

I have also participated in a seminar under William Smith Sensei and I would like to have a lesson in their dojo.

Ren Shin Kan Martial Arts Centre
Address: Halesowen Road; Old Hill B64 6JG Country: United Kingdom
Instructors: William Smith, 6th dan
Affiliation: UKA

I do not know where it is though.
Well enough of my long post.
Any advice or suggestion from anyone, will be more than welcome.
Thank you in advance.

-Fanis
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Old 10-02-2006, 02:31 AM   #2
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Re: Visitor training in London

Hi Fanis,

look forward to seeing you.

Directions to Ren Shin Kan are on our website www.renshinkan.co.uk

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Old 10-02-2006, 02:46 AM   #3
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Re: Visitor training in London

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Philip Smith wrote:
Hi Fanis,

look forward to seeing you.

Directions to Ren Shin Kan are on our website www.renshinkan.co.uk

Phil Smith
Sensei Smith,

Thank you for your welcoming reply.

Please accept my deepest condolences for your great loss.
I hope his memory will accompany you forever.

I would be more than happy to see you again.
I will ask my friend to give me directions on how to get there and I will of course call the dojo prior to coming.
Thank you again.

-Fanis
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Old 10-02-2006, 02:52 AM   #4
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Re: Visitor training in London

Quote:
Fanis Chatziapostolou wrote:
Hello to everyone!

I will be visiting London for 6 days (3/10 to 8/10) and I would like to have a training session in a UKA affiliated dojo in London. I will be staying in the Putney area, but I think I can manage to use the public means of transportation to go to a dojo in another area.
I am a member of the Hellenic Aikido Association and I have been practicing Aikido for a little more than a year (6th Kyu).
From the dojo search I found the 2 following dojo:
1. Airenjuku London
Address: School of Oriental & African Studies, Malet Street; London Country: United Kingdom
Instructors: Sue Smith
Affiliation: UKA

2. UCLU Aikido Club
Address: 15 Gordon Street; London WC1N 1AX Country: United Kingdom
Instructors: Barbara Sotowicz, 4th dan; Mire Zloh, 4th dan
Style: Aikikai
Affiliation: UKA

I have also participated in a seminar under William Smith Sensei and I would like to have a lesson in their dojo.

Ren Shin Kan Martial Arts Centre
Address: Halesowen Road; Old Hill B64 6JG Country: United Kingdom
Instructors: William Smith, 6th dan
Affiliation: UKA

I do not know where it is though.
Well enough of my long post.
Any advice or suggestion from anyone, will be more than welcome.
Thank you in advance.

-Fanis
I am sorry for the mistake I made in my post. I meant to say that I have participated in a seminar under Philip Smith Sensei, but after reading in the forum about the loss of William Smith Sensei, I was very emotionally confused.

-Fanis
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Old 10-02-2006, 06:54 AM   #5
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Re: Visitor training in London

Hi Fanis,

I'm a member of the UKA and i train in London. From your earlier posts i noticed you mentioned the UCl and SOAS dojo's. If you visit their website you will find the training times there. Saying that the UCL dojo has changed their times but not been updated on the site.

UCL
Tues: 6.30pm-8.30pm
Sat: 11am-1pm

If you are around Putney there is a dojo in Staines which is run by Neil Mould ( also of the UKA) and the training days are Monday and Wednesday. I'm not sure what time they train on Mondays but on Wednesdays its 7.00pm-9.00pm.

Also, if you're still around at the end of October, there is a course held at Ren Shin Kan on the 22nd. More details can be found on
www.ukaonline.co.uk.


Pls feel free to e-mail or pm me if you need more info. Hope this helps you out.

Regards,
Douglas
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Old 10-02-2006, 07:12 AM   #6
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Re: Visitor training in London

recomend all three dojos

see how nice we are in the UKA!
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Old 10-02-2006, 07:54 AM   #7
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Re: Visitor training in London

Thank you for your replies.
I did a little search about the Ren Shin Kan dojo's whereabouts.
I found out that it is in the Birmingham area and 130 miles from London.
How can I get there? Is the train a good travel option?
To be honest it is a little further away than I originally thought.

-Fanis
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Old 10-02-2006, 09:27 AM   #8
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Re: Visitor training in London

Wish i could help you out there but i myself have no idea how to get to Ren Shin Kan from London. Sorry...

I only know you take a train from Euston station to Birmingham New St and then you need to change and get one of the local connecting trains. Its also not the cheapest travelling by train, you might want to consider the National Express (bus service).

All the best and hope to see you in London.

Mark Walsh: Hope you are well and enjoying yoour travels!! See you soon.
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Old 10-02-2006, 09:29 AM   #9
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Re: Visitor training in London

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Mark Walsh wrote:
recomend all three dojos

see how nice we are in the UKA!
Hi Mark.. How goes you ?

Fanis - all things being equal I will be seeing you in Greece in February with my Shidoin Keith Hayward.

Last edited by David Humm : 10-02-2006 at 09:32 AM.
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Old 10-02-2006, 10:55 AM   #10
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Re: Visitor training in London

Hey Fanis

Ti Kanis?

Think I may have trained with you in Thessaloniki, hope everyone there is going good.
If you fancy a weekend in sunny Glasgow give us a bell.

Gerry

www.makotokai.co.uk
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Old 10-02-2006, 11:10 AM   #11
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Re: Visitor training in London

Douglas,

Thank you anyway.
If you would like we can arrange a get together in London.
Everyone is welcome.
If you will pm me I can give you my mobile phone number.

David and everyone,

You are more than welcome to come to Greece. I hope I can meet you here. The upcoming seminars that I know of and I am probably going to attend are:
1. November 2-5, 2006, Yukio Kobayashi Sensei, 6th Dan
http://www.hellenicaikido.gr/practic...ayashi2006.htm
2. February 2-4, 2007, Peter Brady Sensei, 6th Dan
http://www.atrapos.gr/news/news1/gevent2006.html
You can pm or email me more information about the Keith Hayward sensei seminar.

-Fanis
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Old 10-02-2006, 11:33 AM   #12
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Re: Visitor training in London

Quote:
Gerry Magee wrote:
Hey Fanis

Ti Kanis?

Think I may have trained with you in Thessaloniki, hope everyone there is going good.
If you fancy a weekend in sunny Glasgow give us a bell.

Gerry

www.makotokai.co.uk
Hi Gerry,

Ola kala. (Everything is good)
When were you here? Everyone is doing o.k that I know of.
Thank you for the invitation to Glasgow, but you are too far from me, as far as this trip is concerned. I hope I can visit you some other time. Or maybe see you in a seminar somewhere...

-Fanis
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Old 10-02-2006, 02:25 PM   #13
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Re: Visitor training in London

hi Douglas and Dave,

In brazil with Aiki Extensions which is both enjoyable and challenging - great people.

Fanis - Maybe talk to Babis Sensei - I know hes been ´to Reenshinkan. Easy enough to get there once you know - but first time can be tricky so get phone number too. Fish and chips down the road for 1.50 if you´re hungry and poor :-)
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Old 10-03-2006, 01:34 AM   #14
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Re: Visitor training in London

Hi Fanis,


To get to Ren Shin Kan.
Train from London to Snow Hill station Birmingham (Chiltern Railways) and then to Old Hill station which is about 5-10 minutes walk.

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