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Old 02-17-2004, 10:57 AM   #1
Gabriel A
Location: Costa Rica
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 44
Sharing, Seminars and technique

Hi! I would like introduce myself, I am new to aikido (a month). I like to read. And several years ago I came upon The Art of Peace, I was sincerely impressed and fascinated. So I looked for a dojo and I didn't find one ( I live in costa rica).I had trained Kyukushin for 2 yrs, I really didn't like it it was to violent, to bully like for my taste. But it was great exercise so i kept on going and the sempai was a friend so that also helped. I recently discovered a dojo here and I am glad to see how different these arts are. It is not only in techniques but also that warmer and more freindly training atittude(harmony). I also enjoy visiting this web and seeing people from all over the world gathered by this art!! And here is where my problem arises, I read about Your experience's in seminar's and how helpfull and fun it is that I can't help and feel that I am missing out.(We are, few around 12)

So my question is... Am I missing out?? and if so what do you reccommend? Any ideas or comments?
Gabriel A

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Old 02-17-2004, 01:11 PM   #2
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Dojo: Aikido Yoshinkan Sacramento - Seikeikan Dojo
Location: Orangevale, CA
Join Date: Jun 2002
Posts: 635

Not sure why you could not find an Aikido dojo in Costa Rica. The dojo search on this very site reveals two. Also, a Google.com search using the works Costa Rica Aikido, gets several hits.

You might want to look again and good luck.

... Cheers ...

Dojo Aikikai de Costa Rica (single)

Address: ProDanza, Zona Industrial de Pavas, 50 oeste de ofic. Pizza Hut; San Jose

Country: Costa Rica

Contact: 901-1000 San Jose

Instructors: A. Calatayu, 2nd dan; H. Schaefer, 1st dan; V. Calatayu, 1st dan

Phone: xx506 - 290 2271, 257 6170, 235 7545, 290 2293

Fax: xx506 - 2910068

Schedule: TuTh 8pm; Sa 2pm, F 8pm (advanced)

E-mail: hschafer@racsa.co.cr, prodanza@dalessio.tv

Style: Aikikai

Affiliation: Latin American Aikido Federation

Admin: [?] Last Updated: July 17th, 2002

by hschafer@racsa.co.cr


Dojo Aikikai de Costa Rica / ProDanza Artes Marciales (single)

Address: Pavas Industrial Zone, 50w of Pizza Hut main offices; San Jose 221-1225

Country: Costa Rica

Contact: Bolivar Solorzano

Instructors: Adolfo Calatayu, 2nd dan; Valeria Pereyra, 1st dan

Phone: (506) 290 2271, (506) 290 2293

E-mail: info@prodanza.com

URL: http://www.prodanza.com

Style: Aikikai

Affiliation: Aikikai
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Old 02-18-2004, 07:30 AM   #3
Gabriel A
Location: Costa Rica
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 44
Steven, thanx for your response. Maybe I wasn't clear, I couldn't find a dojo in the past, not now. My question is that there are'nt seminars here where you can see different styles, points of views etc..

Would you think that I am missing out?



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Old 02-18-2004, 07:50 AM   #4
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Location: Florida Gulf coast
Join Date: Jun 2000
Posts: 3,887
IMHO, seminars are best after you have gained some foundation and experience in Aikido. Seeing too many different ways can be confusing. I trained for many years without stepping off the home mat and didn't feel like I missed anything. In fact, now that I do attend more seminars, I feel that my foundation hold me well.

Don't worry about what you may or may not be missing, just get back on the mat and train.

Lynn Seiser PhD
Yondan Aikido & FMA/JKD
We do not rise to the level of our expectations, but fall to the level of our training. Train well. KWATZ!
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