The Iwama Dojo

Discussion in 'Aikido Resources' started by aikiscotsman, Jun 27, 2005.

  1. EmptyHandGuy

    EmptyHandGuy Valued Member

    Just wondering if you got to go to Iwama at all? And what was it like training at Hombu dojo?
  2. Dave Humm

    Dave Humm Serving Queen and Country

    Nope never made it to Iwama, despite making several email requests and one written letter (in Japanese) for permission to visit, I never had a reply.

    My trip to Japan was cancelled at pretty much last minute due to a family issue. :eek:
  3. EmptyHandGuy

    EmptyHandGuy Valued Member

    Sorry to hear that you never made it over. Would have been great to hear your perceptions on Iwama aikido. Is your visit to Japan to go ahead at a future date?
  4. Uke3

    Uke3 New Member


    First, thanks, this is a great link and seems very interesting, and it would be like a dream come true for me to be able to combine my passions for travelling, discovering other culture( you dont care, but im presently in this small maya ixil village far out in guatemala, and its great!) and martial art.
    But from what you said, despite the inviting nature of the site, it seems kind of hard to get in. Ive done Aikido for about two year, and our dojo, tired of politics, changed for aiki ju jitsu ( nintai ryu, for those who knows). So was it a misunderstanding of my part, or being only a 4 kyu aiki ju jitsu doka with some background in aikido and wanting to train and to commit myself seriously to go back to the roots of aikido, i have no chance of being accepted?

    Also, just curious, but how much do a 3 months stay at the dojo could cost, approximatively? Without including plane ticket?

  5. RonBurgandy

    RonBurgandy Banned Banned

    First just want to say ive been out of the loop for ages now, im busy training in iwama just now,
    second, just want to add the webaddress i first posted of is a false site.
    i found this out a while ago, turns out some spoon from america decided to set this site up without senseis permission. Sensei does not even know the site exists.
    so im sorry dave for all the crap before with your friend trying to go.
    his only website is
    but its only in nihongo just now. there are plans to for english but not yet.
    most of what is written in the first site is rubbish. you cant just turn up at the dojo. its the same rules that applied when his father was in charge at the old ibaraki dojo hitohiro has now left the aikikai and the osenseis dojo, now has his own dojo and organisation in iwama)
    which is you must have atleast 6 months to 1 years experiance of iwama style aikido with someone saito sensei recognises as a an iwama teacher.
    if you are in the aikikai you can still go to iwama and train at the old dojo (Osenseis) they have more info on the honbu website-
    under the ibaraki shibu dojo.

    also the cost for 1 months uchideshi under saito sensei is 75,000 yen a month plus food costs.
    sorry about all that folks. the guy has been asked to remove the site but refuses.
  6. koyo

    koyo Passed away, but always remembered. RIP.

    Good onya Ron let's kick the politics out of play

    respects koyo
  7. dentoiwamaryu

    dentoiwamaryu Valued Member

    Just to say the Sensei's website is now in full english.

    below is just a short bunch of clips of Sensei for your enjoyment.

    [ame=""]Hitohiro Saito - YouTube[/ame]
    [ame=""]Hitohiro Saito - Kotegaeshi - YouTube[/ame]
    [ame=""]Hitohiro Saito Sensei Interview - YouTube[/ame]
    [ame=""]Hitohiro Saito - Jodori - YouTube[/ame]
    [ame=""]Hitohiro Saito Dentooiwamaryu Aikido - YouTube[/ame]
  8. Roban

    Roban New Member

    But I bet everyone had fun doing so ;)

  9. koyo

    koyo Passed away, but always remembered. RIP.

    WE DID BUT I THINK THE KENDOKA WOULD HAVE LIKED TO BE UNLEASHED ON US!!! :D Gerry the 6th dan crossed trained wirh me for a number of years. When he was on the mat his aikido was excellent.Great fun to be had cross training and much to learn regards koyo

    Regards koyo
    Last edited by a moderator: May 26, 2007

    KOKORO KAI Valued Member

    As I am new to this site I am find myself repling to threads that have been posted years ago, but I feel I should reply to some threads like this one.
    When Koyo and my dad brought Sekiya Shihan to Glasgow their dojo was opened to ALL that practised Aikido. At Bellahouston club it was packed for 3 nights in a row at Makotokai (Habonim Centre) the same, then they took Sekiya Shihan to the late Sensei Girvan's club in Cumbernauld again the same result. It proves that poitics have no place in Aikido.Practise is the answer.

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