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Old 04-03-2008, 08:49 AM   #1
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[help] looking for a good dojo in Seattle (WA, U.S.A

Hi,

I'm male in early 20s
no martial art experience at all
and currently looking for an aikido dojo.
looking for a good one. Using "dojo search" database from this site I found one dojo close to where I'm living.

I live in Seattle, Washington, 98133. U.S.A
the dojo i'm talking about is
One World Aikido dojo. Martha Levenson.
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One World Aikido
Address: 12526 Lake City Way NE; Seattle, WA 98125
Country: United States
Instructors: Martha Levenson
E-mail: aikikid@oneworldaikido.com
URL: http://www.oneworldaikido.com
Affiliation: Independent

What I want to know is whether anyone in this forum is a student in this dojo?
or if anyone has any idea whether this dojo is a good place to study aikido.

Thank you
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Old 04-03-2008, 10:10 AM   #2
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Re: [help] looking for a good dojo in Seattle (WA, U.S.A

You are lucky. Seattle is an Aikido-rich area. But two instructors you should definitely check out, even if they may not be the closest, are Tenzan Aikido in Seattle (Bruce Bookman) and Aikido Eastside in Bellvue (George Ledyard). There are many other good schools there (including the one you are considering), but try at least these other two before you make any decisions. Both instructors are very well qualified and highly respected. George Ledyard is an absolute gem, and if I lived within 50 miles of his dojo, I'd be there every day. Have fun...

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Old 04-03-2008, 11:16 AM   #3
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Re: [help] looking for a good dojo in Seattle (WA, U.S.A

Hi Clark,

Thanks so much for the info.
I'm going to try these dojos this week.

Thanks
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Old 04-03-2008, 12:01 PM   #4
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Re: [help] looking for a good dojo in Seattle (WA, U.S.A

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....two instructors you should definitely check out, even if they may not be the closest, are Tenzan Aikido in Seattle (Bruce Bookman) and Aikido Eastside in Bellvue (George Ledyard).
Ledyard is terrific, I know this firsthand from training with him.

I've only heard good things about Bookman, including from George.

Good luck.

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Old 04-03-2008, 12:57 PM   #5
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Re: [help] looking for a good dojo in Seattle (WA, U.S.A

If I lived up there, Aikido Eastside with George Ledyard Sensei would be my first choice. A friend who relocated up there last year gets to let me do so vicariously :-)

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Old 04-03-2008, 01:17 PM   #6
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Re: [help] looking for a good dojo in Seattle (WA, U.S.A

I add to the chorus of people recommending George Ledyard Sensei. He is not only a fantastic Aikidoka, but his teaching style is simply superb!

If you go there and you cannot see him, get a seeing eye dog!

Marc Abrams

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Old 04-03-2008, 02:28 PM   #7
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Re: [help] looking for a good dojo in Seattle (WA, U.S.A

George is great, but if you're looking for something close by, Two Cranes Aikido is full of good folks and not too far from where Martha's dojo is. I like Martha, but I think she's better with kids than adults. TCA is good peeps, at least swing by and check them out.

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Old 04-03-2008, 03:32 PM   #8
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Re: [help] looking for a good dojo in Seattle (WA, U.S.A

Hi guys
thanks alot for the input.
i'll swing by some of the listed dojo and decide by then.
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Old 04-03-2008, 03:55 PM   #9
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Re: [help] looking for a good dojo in Seattle (WA, U.S.A

Hi,

Here are two articles which may help you in searching for a dojo for yourself:

"Selecting a Dojo" - my "boilerplate" response when asked for dojo recommendations.
"Evaluating a Dojo" by Bill Witt sensei - Some tips for evaluating a dojo for newcomers.

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Old 04-03-2008, 09:55 PM   #10
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Re: [help] looking for a good dojo in Seattle (WA, U.S.A

George is Great !

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Old 04-04-2008, 01:04 AM   #11
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Re: [help] looking for a good dojo in Seattle (WA, U.S.A

I've only been to Seattle on business one time, but I did manage to get a session in down at Eastside with George.

I very much enjoyed it, very friendly dojo. Get's a vote from me

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Old 04-04-2008, 02:36 AM   #12
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Re: [help] looking for a good dojo in Seattle (WA, U.S.A

There are two excellent Kokikai dojo in the Seattle area with fine instructors and wonderful dojo vibe:
http://www.everettaikido.com/
http://www.dynamicspiritaikido.org/

Happy hunting!
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Old 04-04-2008, 03:50 PM   #13
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Re: [help] looking for a good dojo in Seattle (WA, U.S.A

I'll put in my plug here for Two Cranes Aikido which recently relocated but the adress can easily be found online!
Kimberely Richardson is a wonderful Sensei and an excuisite host. Her dojo has very good training and she invites some wonderful teachers to come and give seminars.
I also happen to know that there is a gasshku/advancement demonstration that is a fundraiser for Mary Heiny ( one of Kimberley's teachers ) soon.

So check 'em out and make some good friends in Seattle!!!!!!!!!!
Smiles,
Jen Smith

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Old 04-09-2008, 12:30 AM   #14
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Re: [help] looking for a good dojo in Seattle (WA, U.S.A

Hi guys,

after looking dojos around seattle
i finally decided to join two cranes.

Thanks once again for everybody's opinion.
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Old 04-13-2008, 03:41 PM   #15
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Re: [help] looking for a good dojo in Seattle (WA, U.S.A

I was about to suggest you visit Two Cranes but it looks like you have.

Welcome. I look forward to meeting you soon.

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Old 04-15-2008, 10:23 AM   #16
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Glad to read you found a good place to train. Apparently One World Aikido is closing up at the end of April.
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Old 04-15-2008, 11:06 AM   #17
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Re: [help] looking for a good dojo in Seattle (WA, U.S.A

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Hi guys,

after looking dojos around seattle
i finally decided to join two cranes.

Thanks once again for everybody's opinion.
Good for you. I'll probably see you around then, I still stop by there sometimes for test and special occasions. One of my sword students (Jason Matsumoto) is teaching the beginner series these days too and he's great. Enjoy!

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Old 04-19-2008, 10:23 AM   #18
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Re: [help] looking for a good dojo in Seattle (WA, U.S.A

I have never trained with Bruce Bookman Sensei, but I have seen aiki expo footage of him. I was really impressed with what little I saw. I have been to George Ledyard Sensei's seminars several times. He is a great teacher and a highly skilled practitioner. His approach and insights have been most helpful to me in my training. Check him out, you won't be disappointed. -Mindy-
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