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Sensei Paul is not only someone I am proud to call friend, he is a former student
who is now a fellow Aikido instructor. He is a dedicated student of Aikido and a
committed instructor to teaching the art as a method of practical self-defense.
You will find his teaching approach to be balanced between the philosophy of Aikido
and the emphasis on learning the martial applications of the art, without the usual
pretentious spirituality. Unfortunately, many schools have lost their focus with
teaching the martial side of Aikido by focusing their attention on the spiritual
teachings and philosophical studies, rather than developing skill among their students.
If you seek a good balance, with a serious and committed training environment in
learning Aikido, then the Bloomington dojo is the place you should consider. If
you're not sincere about truly learning or you are going to play at your studies,
you should consider going somewhere else.
—Joe, Aikido student since 1995 March,
Sensei Paul, I want to thank you for taking the time to practice and train with
me during winter-camp. You were very patient with me and you helped make my first
time a welcoming time.
—Chris M. from Villa Rica, GA, Kangeiko 2012
Very worthwhile I’ve had the pleasure of being a part of classes here since
July 2009. This has been my first experience with a martial art, and I’m finding
Aikido to be a wonderful fit. Definitely a wonderful environment in which to learn
and work out!
JOIN US!!!!! My wife and I are members of Aikido of Suenaka-Ha Indiana and it is
the only physical activity we agree on. It may be because she gets to roll me across
the mats a couple nights a week. We both have a great time. The atmosphere is very
welcoming and respectful. All students come to class with an understanding that
you participate to your level of comfort and ability. Classmates provide great encouragment
and advice to help you progress—we’ all been through the awkward stage.
We’re a rather diverse group of people so there's no need to feel intimidated.
Practice provides a well rounded workout for mind, body and spirit. It is an amazing
stress reliever. There are opportunities to study with other students across the
country at seminars and at the annual summer camp- which has been the fun I've had
in quite some time. Come have some fun with us. Guys, if you bring your wife with
you, we promise she won’t hurt you too bad.
—Dusty & Sara September,
For 8 years, aikido has been a large part of my life, and I have met many people
and been to many dojos during these years. This dojo, the aikidoka who participate
there, and their fearlessly kind leader Sensei Paul stand out as true aikidoka.
The warm and welcoming atmosphere combined with the excellent training and techniques
provide a fantastic environment for anyone searching for a great martial art, learn
effective self defense, and to study aiki philosophy!
A Great Place to Practice Aikido I had the pleasure of working out with Sensei Paul
when he started his studies of Suenaka Ha Tetsugaku Ho Aikido in Ashland, Va. The
moment he stepped on the mat he did so with such compassion and enthusiasm for this
art. His passion for Aikido is infectious which is evident by the growth of his
dojo. This dojo has students who are committed to becoming proficent students of
Aikido as well as extending the concept of open hand and heart service to their
community. Now why would anyone want to study anywhere else?
—Jerome L. Shihan, Aikido Suenaka-Ha Ashland, VA