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Old 08-13-2004, 01:27 PM   #1
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Looking for a dojo in Osaka

In November I will be moving there for at least one year and I am looking for a dojo to join. I would prefer Aikikai for a 'home' dojo, 'cause that's the federation that I am in now, but I would like to visit other dojos as well.

Any suggestions, comments would be helpful.

Thanks.
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Old 08-13-2004, 11:49 PM   #2
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Dojo: Shodokan Honbu (Osaka)
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Re: Looking for a dojo in Osaka

There are several Aikikai groups in Osaka. I've trained with a couple of them but for quality Aikido, very focused instruction and multiple practice sessions every day, in my opinion you can not beat Shodokan Honbu.

Peter Rehse Shodokan Aikido
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Old 08-14-2004, 01:02 AM   #3
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Re: Looking for a dojo in Osaka

It`s not Osaka, but Kobe is not that far away. If I was back in the area I would be making every attempt to visit the Seibukan dojo. I know someone that used to travel from Kyoto 2 or 3 times a week to train there. Nakao Sensei is well worth the time.

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Old 08-14-2004, 12:03 PM   #4
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Re: Looking for a dojo in Osaka

Man, I wish I had time to do aikido when I was in Japan. Too busy working...
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Old 08-14-2004, 08:03 PM   #5
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Re: Looking for a dojo in Osaka

Osaka is a large place. Do you know more precisely where you will be staying?
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Old 08-14-2004, 11:45 PM   #6
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Re: Looking for a dojo in Osaka

hi Nathan,
One of my teachers has trained at Shosenji Dojo at Toyonaka which is on the outskirts of Osaka.....I think?

My teacher wrote a review of his experience at:
www.furyu.com
Look for issue 5.

I am pretty sure the dojo is aikikai.

I have attended short seminars conduced by Shimamoto sensei (and his son) and found them to be amazing. Please note that I am only a 2nd kyu.

I hope this helps.

Paddy
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Old 08-15-2004, 12:35 AM   #7
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Re: Looking for a dojo in Osaka

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Patrick O'Regan wrote:
One of my teachers has trained at Shosenji Dojo at Toyonaka which is on the outskirts of Osaka.....I think?
Toyonaka is about 10 minutes away on an express train from Hankyu Umeda... not that far out depending on where you're staying, but definately on the borders of the boonies. You could also check out Seagal's old dojo in Juso, Tenshin, although I wouldn't mention him to the sensei there.
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Old 08-15-2004, 12:56 AM   #8
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Re: Looking for a dojo in Osaka

There is a Bu Iku Kai Dojo is in Osaka.
It was the dojo of Hirokazu Kobayashi Sensei and since he died it is run by 3 of his students which are Yabuuchi Sensei 7°Dan, Kimura Sensei 7°Dan and Emiko Sensei 5° or 6°Dan.

The style is aikikai.

I met Yabuuchi and Emiko Sensei in italy and the have very good aikido, strong and precise.
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Old 08-15-2004, 01:38 AM   #9
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Re: Looking for a dojo in Osaka

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Fausto Marta wrote:
There is a Bu Iku Kai Dojo is in Osaka.
It was the dojo of Hirokazu Kobayashi Sensei and since he died it is run by 3 of his students which are Yabuuchi Sensei 7°Dan, Kimura Sensei 7°Dan and Emiko Sensei 5° or 6°Dan.

The style is aikikai.

I met Yabuuchi and Emiko Sensei in italy and the have very good aikido, strong and precise.
I met Kimura sensei at the last Kansai Aikido Competition. Nice guy and speaks English - always important.

Peter Rehse Shodokan Aikido
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Old 08-15-2004, 08:17 AM   #10
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Re: Looking for a dojo in Osaka

Just cross over Japanese Version of Aikikai Hombu Dojo Homepage, there has branch dojos directory.

KamiKaze
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Old 08-15-2004, 06:13 PM   #11
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Re: Looking for a dojo in Osaka

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Jim Sisley wrote:
Osaka is a large place. Do you know more precisely where you will be staying?
Sorry, haven't the any idea where I will be staying until a couple of weeks before I go. I am going to be working for a private conversational English school there and they are will be finding a place for me to stay.

Thank you for all of your recommendations. I will try to investigate them all further.

Nathan
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