Aiki Tour 2011 – intro

A highlight of Leah’s visit out here was to do some training at different dojos.  As I tend to try to make an event out of everything, it changed from visiting “a couple” to 7 schools, and I officially named this “Aiki Tour”.  I may even need to give it a more grandiose name like…

Centerfield Aikido, Occidental California – Mary Mclean Sensei

Our first dojo we intended to visit was Centerfield Aikido, headed by Mary Mclean Sensei. Centerfield Aikido is in the hills of western Sonoma County approximately 10 minutes from the beach. The dojo is on Mary Sensei’s property and is one of the most unique schools I’ve visited. The actual facility is a tent like…

City Aikido, San Francisco California – Robert Nadeau Shihan

On Tuesday afternoon We visited City Aikido in San Francisco, to be instructed by Robert Nadeau Shihan. We drove down from Rohnert Park and actually got there a half hour early, even after parking and walking several city blocks. We were both giddy with anticipation. I’ve attended a seminar under Nadeau Sensei and have seen…

Aikido of Petaluma, Petaluma California – Bob Noha Sensei

It is apparent that in the Sonoma County area we have a lot of choices for Aikido.  Through all the dojos in the area, I resonate the most here, at my home dojo in Petaluma California under Bob Noha Sensei.  Sensei Noha has a very unique style and approach to teaching.  I remember one of…

Aikido of Noe Valley, San Francisco California – Steve Gengo Sensei

I first started Aikido in 1988, taking a beginning class at San Francisco State University.  My teacher’s name was Cress Forrester.  Cress had amazingly beautiful Aikido and I really enjoyed my introduction to the art through her. The teacher who taught me the most about the physical nature and movement of Aikido with all the…

Aikido of Cotati, Cotati California – Ginny Breeland Sensei

The last dojo we visited was Aikido of Cotati, the school of Senseis Ginny and Pete  Breeland.  Ginny and Pete are students of Hans Goto.  Sensei Goto recently attained the rank of Shihan, having been awarded his hichi (7th) dan in 2010.  Aikido of Cotati belongs to the Takemusu Aikido Association as does Traditional Aikido…

Some Final Thoughts on Aiki Tour 2011

I feel very enriched through the experience that Leah and I had this past week.  I got to visit a wide variety of schools with my best friend and partner.  We both received top notch instruction from the different schools and we both got a chance to train with an array of different students, some…

Written, Directed and Produced by…

I started thinking about several things I really enjoy, Aikido, visual arts, music and computing and have this wacky notion that I’m going to write, direct and produce an hour long documentary on Aikido here in Sonoma County. I got busy over the weekend upgrading my camera (The Canon T3i body is coming along it’s…