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Old 06-11-2002, 07:59 PM   #1
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Seminar with Hans Goto Sensei, 6th Dan

Capital City Aikido, Montgomery, AL will be hosting Hans Goto Sensei, 6th Dan for a seminar Nov. 8-10, 2002.

Contact Greg Jennings at (334) 272-4059 for reservations and any other information.

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Old 06-14-2002, 08:02 PM   #2
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Seminar

Sounds great to me.
I am hoping to get to come
and to also get to visit
some more between now and then.

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Old 06-14-2002, 08:12 PM   #3
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Hi Dean,

We'd love to have you. We'll have more details out soon.

Our plan is to get a large venue like a school gym and put on a first-rate event.

Goto Sensei is a terrific teacher. He explains things extremely well. He has a very laid-back, easy going nature and is a pleasure to learn from.

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Old 09-05-2002, 10:30 PM   #4
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Hi folks,

Things have firmed up.

See http://www.takemusu.org/seminar.html for details.

I look forward to seeing you there.

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Old 09-10-2002, 07:47 AM   #5
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Greg,

I'm coming of course, McVey sensei maybe also.

Folks--it's a great bunch in Montgomery, especially if you like to train "vigorously". Highly recommended!

Paul
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Old 09-11-2002, 06:04 AM   #6
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All,

The seminar web page was down for two days due to a glitch at Takemusu.org's registrar.

It's back up now: http://www.takemusu.org/seminar.html .

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Old 09-16-2002, 07:18 AM   #7
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All,

Couple of updates:

1. Peter Boylan, our own Budo Bum, will be at the seminar with a spread of wares from his martial arts supply business Mugendo Budogu http://www.budogu.com/ . Peter has the best hakama at the best prices I've seen.

2. You can also access the seminar information via the Events page of my newly revamped Capital City Aikido website:

http://www.takemusu.org/cca-events.html .

in addition to the normal page:

http://www.takemusu.org/seminar.html .

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Old 10-04-2002, 05:20 AM   #8
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All,

Just a quick reminder about our seminar November 8-10 with Hans Goto Sensei, 6th an Iwama aikido.

We've had a great response so far, especially from the ASU folks that took in Goto Sensei's class(es) at the ASU Summer Camp in the Rockies.

If you're coming and need a home stay or sack-out-on-the-mat, please drop me a line so I can take care of things for you.

All the details are at: http://www.takemusu.org/cca-events.html .

I hope to see you there.

Best Regards,

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Old 10-21-2002, 07:34 AM   #9
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Hi All,

It's getting down to the wire for the seminar. Things are going great.

Our homestay space is more or less full. If you know of anyone that was planning on a homestay _or_ sack-out-on-the-mat, please have them get in touch with me at webmaster@capitalcityaikido.com or (334)272-4059.

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Old 10-29-2002, 09:40 PM   #10
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Hi All,

Things are shaping up nicely for the seminar. We currently have RSVPs from AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, MI, OH, TN and VA.

We had a request to post information on camping spots close to our seminar venue:

I highly recommend Fort Toulouse in Wetumpka, AL.

http://www.preserveala.org/sites/sites-toul.html .

I've camped at Fort Toulouse. It's in a good area,

it's private and quiet and has good shower facilities.

Directions from I-65 North or South (e.g., Birmingham, Mobile)

1. Take I-65 to Hwy 14 East (the Prattville, Coosada exit).

2. Hwy 14 East to Hwy 231 South.

3. Look for the Fort Toulouse sign across from the Wal-Mart.

4. Follow the signs.

Directions from I-85 (e.g., Auburn, Atlanta)

1. I-85 to Exit 6, the Eastern Blvd, Hwy 231 exit.

2. Follow Hwy 231 North toward Wetumpka.

3. Look for the Fort Toulouse sign across from the Wal-Mart.

4. Follow the signs.

Fort Toulouse to the seminar venue:

1. Exit Fort Toulouse turning left on Hwy 231 North.

2. Left onto Hwy 14 West.

3. Hwy 14 to I-65.

4. At I-65, follow the directions on the seminar site/flyer.

http://www.takemusu.org/seminar.html .

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Greg Jennings
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Old 11-07-2002, 08:52 PM   #11
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Re: Seminar with Hans Goto Sensei, 6th Dan

The registrar's DNS management is hosed once again. Grrrrhhh!!!!

Use: http://66.168.255.168/cca-events.html .

Crap. Crap. Why now at the last minute....

Apologies,

Greg Jennings
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Old 11-11-2002, 05:26 PM   #12
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Hi Greg!

I just wanted to say "thanks" again for the excellent seminar! As I told you before, this seminar was my first one. I was really nervous about it because I didn't know what to expect, but everything seemed very relaxed and friendly! I had a great time! Thanks for all the hard work you put into it!

Congrats again for passing your NiDan test!!!!!

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Old 11-11-2002, 06:51 PM   #13
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Robyn Johnson wrote:
Hi Greg!
Hi Robyn! It's so nice of you to post a follow-up about the seminar.
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I just wanted to say "thanks" again for the excellent seminar!
You're very welcome. Thank you for the kind words.
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As I told you before, this seminar was my first one. I was really nervous about it because I didn't know what to expect,
Gosh; could have fooled me. You seemed like an old pro.
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but everything seemed very relaxed and friendly!
That's us (or at least what we want to be): Relaxed and friendly with good vigorous training.

And, of course, everyone that has met Goto Sensei knows what a great person he is. He has that wonderful ability to draw out the best in people, to get them to be very price...and enjoy doing it.
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I had a great time! Thanks for all the hard work you put into it!
Wonderful. I'm glad you enjoyed yourself.
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Congrats again for passing your NiDan test!!!!!
Thank you so much. It was very interesting. I prepped a whole year for my shodan and had essentially no time to prep for this one. It was more or fly by the seat of the pants. That's very difficult when so many things are called "Kokyu nage". .

I hope to see you guys again soon. I'm planning to attend Ikeda Sensei's seminar in Pensacola the first weekend of December.

Best Regards,

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Old 11-12-2002, 07:49 AM   #14
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Greg,

I'll add my thanks for a fantastic seminar. Huge mats, great facility, the always-friendly Capital City Aikido clan, super social activities, and top notch instruction from Goto Sensei made it a great event.

Count on me again next year, along with all those others (I'll bet) that travelled from as far away as Michigan, Virginia, Arkansas, New Orleans, and Florida.

Really super, thanks again!

Paul
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Old 11-12-2002, 09:02 AM   #15
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Hey Greg, congratulations on passing your nidan test. It sounds like the seminar went off well and that people really enjoyed it.

Kat

I find the aquisition of knowledge to be relatively easy, it is the application that is so difficult.
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Old 11-12-2002, 09:17 PM   #16
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Congratulations on your grading. I am sure it was well deserved.

All the best for training

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Old 11-13-2002, 05:08 AM   #17
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Greg,

I'll add my thanks for a fantastic seminar. Huge mats, great facility, the always-friendly Capital City Aikido clan, super social activities, and top notch instruction from Goto Sensei made it a great event.

Count on me again next year, along with all those others (I'll bet) that travelled from as far away as Michigan, Virginia, Arkansas, New Orleans, and Florida.

Really super, thanks again!
Thank you for the positive feedback, Paul. I appreciate it very much.

We're already working on our "Lessons Learned" to have an even better seminar next year.

PS: Goto Sensei has a great reputation as a teacher...was it me, or didn't he blow even that away.

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Old 11-13-2002, 07:11 AM   #18
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PS: Goto Sensei has a great reputation as a teacher...was it me, or didn't he blow even that away.
Greg,

Before the seminar, all I knew about Goto Sensei was what was in the seminar's advanced billing on the TAA website. Having met him, I can now say he's a real prince of a guy, with priceless experience, great stories about the early days in Iwama, great sense of humor, and of course, great aikido. Also one of the best teachers (of anything)I've ever seen.

Looking forward to next time.

Paul
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Old 11-13-2002, 03:12 PM   #19
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Thank you Kat and Mayland. I appreciate the well wishes.

It's nice that folks here know what nidan means in the aikido context.

OTOH, it's a shame that the dojo/dojang that I can almost see from my office hands them out to 9 year old kids w/ 22 months of training.

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Old 11-13-2002, 06:20 PM   #20
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...OTOH, it's a shame that the dojo/dojang that I can almost see from my office hands them out to 9 year old kids w/ 22 months of training.
Wow! I wonder what sort of message that sends to people. That would seem to be an extreme example of what IMHO is one of the problems with the ranking/belt system.

All the best for training

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Old 11-14-2002, 07:45 AM   #21
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Greg,

Before the seminar, all I knew about Goto Sensei was what was in the seminar's advanced billing on the TAA website. Having met him, I can now say he's a real prince of a guy, with priceless experience, great stories about the early days in Iwama, great sense of humor, and of course, great aikido. Also one of the best teachers (of anything)I've ever seen.

Looking forward to next time.
Excellent. We've had very positive feedback from Goto Sensei and he's penciled us in for about the same time next year.

In the meantime, we here are working through our lessons learned in order to have an even better event next year.

Best Regards,

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Old 11-14-2002, 06:41 PM   #22
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I'll be posting a web gallery later, but here is a group shot:

http://www.takemusu.org/images/group-3-med.jpg .

Best Regards,

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Old 11-14-2002, 08:22 PM   #23
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Awesome picture, Greg!!!

Hey Paul! I just realized that you were the one sitting next to me in Applebee's! Neat!

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Old 11-15-2002, 05:05 PM   #24
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That is a great picture, good group.

Robyn--yup that was me, nice to meet you, too. Look forward to next time.

Paul
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Old 11-15-2002, 07:53 PM   #25
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Here's another:

http://www.takemusu.org/images/lynn-robyn.jpg

Lynn Childers and Robyn Johnson are in the foreground doing one of the kumitachi exercises.

Myers and Sheldon Senseis are in the left background. Bryan Webb of Aikido of Birmingham and George Reynolds Sensei of Auburn Aikido Club are in the right background.

Best Regards,

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