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Old 03-31-2005, 06:50 AM   #1
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Roadtrip!

Hello everyone. Beginning April 20th, and over a period of about the next three months, me and my wife will be going on a roadtrip around the country. Some of the places we plan on stopping are Memphis, San Antonio, Santa Fe, San Diego, Los Angeles, Seattle, Boulder, Chicago, Boston, New York, DC, Miami, and many places in between. Along the way, we plan on stopping in and having practice at dojo's here and there. We are looking forward to meeting new people and seeing the different ways that people practice in different dojos, and maybe pick up some bits of wisdom. If anyone would like to recommend their dojo, or know of any that you think we should definiteIy visit, please let me know. I would appreciate it very much. I would like to at least get some points of contact before I go. Thank you and we look forward to meeting all of you!

-John Matsushima
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Old 03-31-2005, 08:32 AM   #2
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Re: Roadtrip!

Have room in the car for one more? Soooo jealous!
If your in Montreal (nice drive through the Adirondacks from NYC), look me up; always welcome to stay with my wife and I.

Have fun.

PS - Thinking of keeping a journal/blog? I would love to see it during/afterwards.

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Old 03-31-2005, 08:53 AM   #3
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Re: Roadtrip!

If you come through Tulsa, OK, come see us!
www.tulsaaikidoclub.com

Will you be keeping an aikido travel journal? It would be neat to read everywhere you were able to stop and train (a guide for any more of us that follow in your tracks!).

Jory
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Old 03-31-2005, 09:06 AM   #4
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If you think you will go through Phila., email me (address in profile) and I'll see if I can hook you up with some good choices. Have a nice trip!
Ron

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Old 03-31-2005, 09:30 AM   #5
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Re: Roadtrip!

How long are you planning on staying in Chicago? There's so much aikido here, that it's not fair to other places. When you come through, I'll be happy to supply some recommendations.

"Shut up and train."-- Fumio Toyoda
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Old 03-31-2005, 09:32 AM   #6
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Re: Roadtrip!

Don't forget San Francisco, more dojos than you can shake a stick at!
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Old 03-31-2005, 10:51 AM   #7
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Thanks!

Thank you everyone for your responses! I will send a message to each of you when I get a chance. Also thank you for your ideas about keeping a journal. I think it is a great idea! I haven't thought of that before. I will start an AikiBlog! What kind of things would you like to hear about? I thought about describing what kind of things the practice emphasises on, weapons practice, size of the dojo, if the dojo is laid back or strict, and any neat tricks I have found to add to my aiki toolbox. Of course, I'll stay away from any negative bashing and try to focus on the positive experiences. Thanks for all your input. I will post again when I have created my AikiBlog.

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John
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Old 03-31-2005, 10:51 AM   #8
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Re: Roadtrip!

Hey John,
If you're going from Washington to Miami, or vice-versa, then your path may go through southwest Virginia, depending on how scenic you like your views. If it does, let us know; we move our dojo training outside druing the sprint/summer when the weather permits.

-Jon

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Old 03-31-2005, 11:43 AM   #9
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Re: Roadtrip!

I did something like this in the UK.
Memorable.
Have fun.
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Old 03-31-2005, 12:48 PM   #10
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Re: Roadtrip!

Hey John,

There are a number of terrific dojo in the San Diego area. We are located in Vista, in northern SD County and close to the freeways. Please drop in and train with us - you'll receive a warm welcome and meet some good folks.

Michael
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Old 03-31-2005, 01:46 PM   #11
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Re: Thanks!

Quote:
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.... I will start an AikiBlog! What kind of things would you like to hear about? I thought about describing what kind of things the practice emphasises on, weapons practice, size of the dojo, if the dojo is laid back or strict, and any neat tricks I have found to add to my aiki toolbox. Regards,
John
You've covered everything i'd like to read about! thanks and good luck!
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Old 04-04-2005, 01:18 PM   #12
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Re: Roadtrip!

When in Chicago, roll in to the Midwest Aikido Center:

www.aikidomac.org

Robert Cronin
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Old 04-04-2005, 01:33 PM   #13
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Re: Roadtrip!

When you get into Pennsylvania, if you want to swing west of Philly, look up the West Reading dojo, we're an hour and a half west of Philly. You can find the link on the dojo search here on aikiweb, e-mail us and let us know when you'll be in town. Have fun on the trip!
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Old 04-04-2005, 02:39 PM   #14
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Re: Roadtrip!

Visitors are always welcome at Bond Street . We're no longer on Bond Street though; in February we moved into a larger space on 29th (3 blocks south of Madison Square Garden) and have (what I think is) the best mat in the city. I hope to see you on it.

Have a great trip.

--Chuck

P.S. If you can make it to New York City the weekend of June 3rd-5th for our Grand Opening, all the better.
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Old 04-04-2005, 09:40 PM   #15
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Re: Roadtrip!

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and many places in between
Hi John,

Depending on your route between L.A and Seattle, Sacramento falls into the "in between" catagory. We're about 6-7 hours out of L.A. and only 2 hours from Reno and 1.5 hours from Lake Tahoe. They both have Aikido schools as well, most noteably Aikido of Reno which I've had the pleasure of visiting.

If you happen to wander our way, you are most welcome to come train as our guests and if not, maybe a bit to eat or something else.
916-989-6023 is our number or info "at" seikeikan "dot" com.

Have a safe and joyful trip.

... Steven
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Old 04-04-2005, 09:48 PM   #16
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Re: Roadtrip!

Hi John,
You all are more than welcome to train with us at www.tenshinkai.com in Westminster, Ca just south of LA
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Old 04-04-2005, 09:54 PM   #17
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If you're coming through Portland between LA and Seattle there is a lot of good Aikido done by very friendly people.

I'm biased towards the dojo I belong to, of course, but have heard good comments about every other one in the metro area.
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Old 04-05-2005, 07:51 AM   #18
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Re: Roadtrip!

Hello John,

When you get to Washington, DC, please visit us at Aikido of Northern Virginia in Arlington. We are close to the DC subway system, directly across the street from the Ballston station (Orange line).

See you on the mat!

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Old 04-05-2005, 08:30 AM   #19
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Re: Roadtrip!

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Hello everyone. Beginning April 20th, and over a period of about the next three months, me and my wife will be going on a roadtrip around the country.
-John Matsushima
Only around the country? How disappointing. This means you won't be able to come to Hiroshima. Jun Akiyama and girlfriend Kate dropped by recently and sampled some of the local cuisine. After which they came to my house and inspected some of my aikido book collection.

It was good to meet Jun again. The last time was in Las Vegas in 2002 and it does not seem like three years have passed since then.

I remember travelling across North America when I was a student in the US in the early 70s. East to west was by rail from Quebec to Vancouver; west to east was by Greyhound and the contrast was striking.

Anyway, have a nice trip.

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Old 04-05-2005, 08:33 AM   #20
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Re: Roadtrip!

Hi Peter...sounds like you need to visit again...this time the east coast!

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Old 04-05-2005, 09:56 AM   #21
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Hi Peter,

That was just some of your aikido book collection? Folks, the living room table at which we were sitting was piled with such classics as all five Saito "Traditional Aikido" books, Kenji Tomiki's "Budo Ron" (which I never did get to find even through searching through multiple bookstores through the rest of my trip), and so many others that I wish could be on my own bookshelf!

It was great to see you, Peter (has it already been three years since that Aiki Expo?), and Peter Rehse in Himeji as well. I only with I had the time and wherewithal to have been able to train through the trip.

And, indeed, the local cuisine in Hiroshima is something worth remembering.

Do others have any stories of aikido road trips they've taken that they'd like to share here?

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Old 04-05-2005, 11:58 AM   #22
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when you are in san antonio, drop in on us: www.aikidosa.org. we would love to play with you.

william

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Old 04-05-2005, 04:32 PM   #23
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Re: Roadtrip!

What style do you practice, and are you looking for more of the same or something different?
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Old 04-05-2005, 05:40 PM   #24
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You are welcome to visit us in the beautiful Berkshires of Western Mass.
Ron
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Old 04-05-2005, 09:13 PM   #25
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When you get to Miami, please stop over, we would love to have you share some of the things you've picked up in your journey.

Best Regards,

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