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Old 10-04-2014, 10:35 PM   #1
aiki_marcos
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Dojo Recommendations in Nevada?

There probably a good six dojos or more in the Las Vegas area. One called Karate and Aikido I've scratched off my list for personal reasons. Can any of you here recommend a dojo for me to check out? I've got two on my radar. One is Henderson Aikido and the other is Las Vegas Aikikai. Also, there's one associated with the California Ki Society in LV too so it's a Ki Aikido dojo. Any others I should consider?

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Old 10-04-2014, 11:26 PM   #2
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Re: Dojo Recommendations in Nevada?

I visited Desert Monkey Dojo in Vegas last year for a couple of classes. Not the usual kind of dojo, but still a lot of fun and very welcoming. Just keep an open mind. I'm pretty much a traditionalist and that isn't what you'll find at Desert Monkey Dojo, but it was a great experience with good people.

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Old 10-05-2014, 12:42 AM   #3
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Re: Dojo Recommendations in Nevada?

Thanks Michael. I have heard of Desert Monkey but didn't bookmark them. Not sure why. I try to stick as close to traditional as possible but sometimes a little crazy is fun.

I did just go to their website and answered my own question about why I didn't bookmark them. Right there on their homepage they mention that they "lost their space". They don't seem to have a way of signing up for updates and that's why i didn't bookmark them. I'm intrigued that they are teaching Aikido and Tai Chi.

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Old 10-05-2014, 09:32 AM   #4
Michael Hackett
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Re: Dojo Recommendations in Nevada?

Marcos,

It has been almost a year since I visited them and I hadn't heard they had lost their space. McIntosh Sensei has studied and taught both aikido and tai chi for a number of years and there is certainly a Chinese flavor to his aikido in terms of movement and structure. When I said they are somewhat non-traditional, what I meant is that they are unaffiliated with any of the mainstream branches of the aikido family. Their aikido is certainly martial in application, but their classes were simply a lot of fun. According to the website they should be up and running this month in a new location. If they are, it is worth a visit. I believe Stan Pranin is teaching Iwama style in Henderson too. Best wishes on your search.

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Old 10-05-2014, 04:06 PM   #5
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Re: Dojo Recommendations in Nevada?

Thanks Michael. I know Arlene Mendibles teaches in Henderson. She teaches Ueshiba and is for persons removed from O'Sensei. I hope I said that correctly? Do you know the name of Stan's dojo? I used the dojo search here but can't find one with his name. Only two came up in Henderson and he's not at either.

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Old 10-05-2014, 06:12 PM   #6
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Marcos,

Here's a link to Pranin Sensei:

http://blog.aikidojournal.com/2011/0...-in-las-vegas/

I've never trained with him, but I've enjoyed watching his videos and found him to be good people when he hosted and produced the 2005 Aiki Expo.

Michael

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Old 10-06-2014, 03:39 AM   #7
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Thanks Michael.

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