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Old 02-05-2009, 12:50 PM   #1
Location: Windsor/ON
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 1
Question Aikikai Hombu Dojo in Detroit Area ???

Hello All,

This is my first time in a forum. So please, let me first of all express my best regards to all aikidoka from all around the world that may be reading this new tread.

This is a very simple topic:
Where can we found a Aikikai Hombu Dojo in the Detroit Area?

I practice hombu style for a short period of time in Montreal, QC with Massimo DiVilladorata and Claude Berthiaume. I also practiced in Paris,France with Jean-Louis Roux and more recently in Ann Arbor with Roger Park Sensei.

I gave a try to Yoshinkan lately and unfortunately I couldn't find what I was initially looking for into aikido with this new style. I do not denigrate anything here. I just have to mention that It just doesn't fit who I am.

What are the alternatives for he who, like me, is missing the practice of aikikai and desperately look for a dojo in this area?
... and why such a situation?

Thank you very for your lights. Pass and Future

Hopefully it will also help some other guys or kick off a new era.
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Old 02-05-2009, 08:28 PM   #2
Chris Farnham
Dojo: Aikido of Champlain Valley/Hamamatsu Aikidokai/Aikido Shidokai
Location: Hamamatsu, Japan
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 97
Talking Re: Aikikai Hombu Dojo in Detroit Area ???

The only Aikikai Hombu dojo that I know of is in Tokyo Japan .
Ok all kidding aside; have you talked to any of your old teachers? I'm sure that Claude knows of someone. He is a Shihan afterall, and the few times that I have met him he seemed like a pretty friendly guy. You could also try the USAF, Birankai, or ASU websites. They are all slightly different stylistically but all Aikikai.

Good Luck,
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Old 02-06-2009, 12:51 PM   #3
Dojo: Dale City Aikikai
Location: VA
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 393
Re: Aikikai Hombu Dojo in Detroit Area ???

Unfortunately it seems that you are in the heartland of Yoshinkan Aikido. Check on the dojo search link to the left to find someplace that is close to you. The list currently has some USAF {we follow Honbu} but I don't know if they are close to Detroit.
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