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Old 01-25-2003, 10:48 PM   #1
Location: miami
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 5
Can you recommend a dojo in Miami, Florida?

Hey all, have been reading the forums here all day, and have learned alot, so thanks!

I was wondering if anyone could recommend a
Dojo in or around Miami, Florida for aikido?

I've been looking at the dojo search option and theres quite a few, but I was wondering if anyone has any personal recommendations of any specific schools in the area.

One I am considering is:

but thats just based on the website

I'm new to aikido and anxious to get started.

Thanks very much in advance, appreciate any help.
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Old 01-26-2003, 02:52 PM   #2
Dojo: Messores Sensei (Largo, Fl.)
Location: Florida
Join Date: Mar 2001
Posts: 1,267
Re: Can you recommend a dojo in Miami, Florida?

(Elb) wrote:
I was wondering if anyone could recommend a

Dojo in or around Miami, Florida for aikido?


djm: There are several good people in Miami:

Pablo Vasquez, a Chiba 6 Dan is at:

Aikido Institute of Miami

2811 Coral Way

Miami, FL 33145


WeeWow Dumlao, a USAF 3 Dan, formerly of Miami Aikikai, is at:

Festival Plaza,

above the Blue Banquet Hall

8532 SW 8th Street, Suite 282

Miami, Florida 33144

305-264-1773 phone

305-306-3348 pager


Elliot Rifkin and Gustavo Ramos, who with WeeWow were students of (Yamada student) Nelson Andujar, are at:

Miami Aikikai

251 B SW 22nd Avenue

Miami, FL 33135

305-541-0150, 305-670-2311 (fax)

I've trained at least once with all these folks and have no hesitation in recommending them to you. There are others in Miami, but I have no personal experience with them.


One I am considering is:



djm: That's up the road a bit from you in Miami, but Stephanie is also a strong player with a strong emphasis on basics (Iwama style).

Don J. Modesto
St. Petersburg, Florida
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Old 01-26-2003, 05:10 PM   #3
Location: miami
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 5
Great thanks! One thing thats my fault though. I'm located more North Miami, the miami shores area.

On such an international forum, I didnt think anyone would know so specifically where I was located, so I used the shotgun approach and just said 'Miami'

Most of those schools you listed are south of me, and since most classes are in the evening I was hoping to head northish to a school to avoid the infamous miami rush hour

If you have any personal experience with more north miami/hollywoodish area schools, please let me know.

Again, thanks very much for all the help! I appreciate the info.
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Old 01-27-2003, 09:33 AM   #4
Larry Feldman
Dojo: Atlanta School of Aikido
Location: Atlanta, GA
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 341
My South Florida geography is a little dated, but I believe Stephanie is in Hallandale/Hollywood, not far from North Miami.
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Old 01-28-2003, 11:29 AM   #5
Dojo: American Butokukan
Location: Tampa, FL
Join Date: Dec 2002
Posts: 10
Stephanie is closest to you in Miami Shores. Take I-95 to the Hollywood Blvd exit and go East a mile or so. You'll get truly excellent training there. Cheers!

Todd D. Jones
Chairman, American Butokukan &
Sand Drift Martial Arts Association
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