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Old 08-13-2002, 08:15 AM   #1
Join Date: Oct 2001
Posts: 50
Is there an 'intensity' rating for dojos?

I'll be moving to Tampa FL and I wanted to know if the dojos there are either martially intense with self-defense in mind or just exercise oriented where they just take turns falling down. A guy in my dojo just got back from ???Panama IIRC for a language study and said the two dojos he went to were mickey-mouse where they don't punch/grab realistically they just took turns doing the move without any resistance. I kinda doubt there's an 'intensity' rating for dojos or I would have found it by now but I thought I'd ask anyway.
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Old 08-13-2002, 08:19 AM   #2
Dojo: Aikido of Cincinnati/Huron Valley Aikikai
Location: Somerset Michigan
Join Date: Jul 2002
Posts: 794
I don't know Florida, and don't know if this dojo is in your vicinity, but the instructor is EXCELLENT. Please visit the website and see if this is in your general area....

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Old 08-13-2002, 08:51 AM   #3
Join Date: Jun 2000
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If you're in Tampa, go the little distance to the following place. You will not be disappointed.....


then stop by here once in awhile;


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Old 08-14-2002, 10:04 AM   #4
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Dojo: Team Combat USA
Location: Olympia, Washington
Join Date: Jul 2002
Posts: 4,376
Understand the concern of your question, but having a rating system would seem somewhat judgemental, labeling, and subjective in nature.

To have a rating system of some sort would kinda defeat the true nature of aikido!

Not that I profess to like "dancing in the dojo!"

I think it depends on many factors. I study in a dojo where some people dance and some people don't. To me it is really an individual concept, not one to apply to a dojo as a whole.

However, done correctly, Aikido can be a very beautiful, soft, flowing dance.

My goal is to have my aikido become just that. Doesn't mean I am less effectively martially, infact it mean I probably am more so!

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