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One of my ambitions, when time and money allow, is to visit and train at some of the best dojos with the best teachers.
Can't vote for my own? Damn. That's no fun.
OK, but Im gonna cheat anyway. See below for US locations.
Hmm. Lemme see.
Karl Friday, Kashima Shinryu menkyo kaiden down in Georgia. (He'll be here in Indy in May, probably)
Ellis Amdur (gotta love that Araki Ryu .. chains!!!)
Hombu for Sekiguchi Shinshin Ryu jujutsu. Oh YEAH.
Kiyama Hiroshi's place. HELL yeah.
Oh, ideal AIKIDO dojo? Hmm. Places I haven't been ...
I hear Nishio Shoji is pretty damn interesting.
That guy who does Korindo Aikido in Japan.
Yamada's mat in NY.
Iwama (just to see what the ruckus is all about)
Hombu aikikai (just once, for the atmosphere).
More prosaically, places in the US I've been and wanna go back:
Ikeda in Boulder was lots of fun.
If the late, dearly missed, George Simcox were still around (Va. Ki Soc. in Merrifield)
Dennis Hooker's Shindai Aikikai in Orlando ('cause I love that ole wardog and he plays a MEAN banjo and we're gonna hunt morels in Indiana this spring!)
Frank Gordon's place in Glenwood Springs, Colo. Hope to see ya soon, cuz!
Jim Baker's place. (Coming soon to Virginia Beach, VA! Give Wendy a hug and kiss for me.)
Julian Frost's dojo (OK, he doesn't have one open yet but he damn well oughta!)
One ALMOST in the US:
Philip Akin's dojo in Toronto (Not because I like Yoshinkan, but because I like Philip and adore Janine!)
And one not in the US, 'cause Andy (Teapot) Wilby came across the pond to my wedding and aside from that he's HELLA fun to play with.
Andy Wilby's club in Freiburg, Germany. (Hey, Andy, I'm being considered for the job in Hohenfels!!!)
Posting as MLE though she's MUCH prettier and sweeter and not nearly as cynical.