A few years ago we hosted a Southern California Regional Birankai Seminar at Aikido Daiwa, and we were fortunate to have 5 Shihans teaching, assisting, and training on the mat. Senseis Arnold and Bluhm were then reminiscing about the early days of Aikido in the U.S., when they would “gladly travel two hours to take an class with an aikido teacher, and that was for a Nidan!”. While that may resemble stories of walking to and from school in the snow, uphill both ways, it is nonetheless a testament to the passion and dedication to training in aikido.
While many of Daiwa’s current martial arts students are from Burbank, or the immediate neighboring cities of Glendale, North Hollywood (NoHo), Toluca Lake, and Sun Valley, many come from further away to train at the dojo:
However the current Road Warrior Award goes to longtime Daiwa member Keith, who travels to the dojo from Valencia, 27 miles each way. Way to go Keith!