“When I arrived in Fredericksburg in 2001, there were four core students in the club. The Club was subleasing from a jujitsu club that had subleased from a karate school. As the class grew we began to look around for alternative space and the moving decision was accelerated by an eviction of the jujitsu club! We trained for a while at a gymnastics school until we leased our own 48-mat space in 2002 where we now have 14 classes per week. Aikido in Fredericksburg was organized in 2004 as a non-profit educational corporation.
We are now in the process of finalizing the construction of our own dojo building on a twenty-acre parcel of land. Many have commented that the “feel” of the land is similar to the feel at the Iwama Dojo in Japan. The plants in the landscape and garden are indeed similar. The new dojo will have at least twice daily classes, a traditional uchideshi program, and be able to host large seminars on a 102-mat training area. The program there will be modeled after the program that existed at the Iwama Dojo while Saito Morihiro Shihan was still alive.”
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