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Old 02-05-2006, 01:30 AM   #1
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Poll: How did you find your first aikido dojo?

AikiWeb Poll for the week of February 5, 2006:

How did you find your first aikido dojo?
  • I don't do aikido
  • Word of mouth
  • Flyers
  • Telephone book
  • Website
  • Demonstration
  • Newspaper ad/article
  • Magazine ad/article
  • University information
  • Dojo "storefront"
  • Television
  • Radio
  • Other
Here are the current results.
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Old 02-05-2006, 02:39 AM   #2
Jerry Miller
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Location: Spring Tx
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 163
Re: Poll: How did you find your first aikido dojo?

My first Aikido dojo was at the YMCA. I was a young teenager and doing volunteer work at the summer day camp. I first tried Judo and then Aikido. Aikido is what took. It was a trade for the work I did during the summer. It was none of the above. I was lucky in that I had a very good instructor. I was unlucky that my family moved. But hey I would not have walked into a dojo 30 years later if not for that earlier experience. My current dojo was found by walking by the storefront. It had a good location.

Jerry Miller
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Old 02-05-2006, 11:49 PM   #3
Dojo: Central Illinois Aikikai
Location: Champaign, IL
Join Date: Oct 2005
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Re: Poll: How did you find your first aikido dojo?

I took an introductory Aikido course at the college and was hooked instantly. I had tried Karate, Judo, and a few other martial arts before, but never really cared for any of them. For sure it had more to do with the instructor than the art itself. Before then I had never met a martial arts instructor I could even stand to be around. After that I've managed to find several Aikido instructors who have changed my life.
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Old 02-06-2006, 04:58 PM   #4
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Dojo: Academy of Warrior Spirit
Location: tampa
Join Date: Aug 2004
Posts: 440
Re: Poll: How did you find your first aikido dojo?

The university club is nearby and affordable - I'll visit the Shihan across the bay when my back gets a little stronger.

Speaking of personalities: we have six or seven instructors who train in rotation. The most genial - is the one who looks (and is) the toughest, and (carefully) teaches the most brutal jujitsu - with an emphasis on aiki! This fellow will discuss lethal knife attack points, then have us close our eyes, and still ourselves to develop 'sensitivity'.

Aikido is marvelous isn't it?

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