ACV has two separate programs – one for soto deshi and another for uchi deshi.
A soto deshi (“outside student”) lives outside of the dojo, but seeks greater focus and intensity in their Aikido practice than that of a regular student. An uchi deshi (“inside student”) enters a traditional method of apprenticeship for students prepared to sacrifice a great deal in exchange for a deeper commitment to their practice, the dojo and their teacher. An uchi deshi lives in the dojo and is willing to engage in more intensive training, integrating their lives with that of the dojo. Applicants for both programs should be at least 3rd kyu in Aikido (exceptions can be made at the discretion of the Chief Instructor).
If you have any questions about this program or would like to speak with the Chief Instructor please contact him.
All of the above requirements, and also
A kitchen, three bathrooms, a separate bedroom space for three students and a shower are included. Students provide food and cook for themselves.
If you are interested in either the Uchi Deshi or Soto Deshi program, please write a letter of intent, including
Your application should be sent by postal mail; we will not accept applications sent by e-mail. We do welcome questions regarding the program by letter, telephone or e-mail.
The Chief Instructor will review your letter and will arrange a time for an interview (either in person, by telephone, or letter depending on distance and convenience).
Aikido of Champlain Valley
257 Pine St. Burlington, Vermont 05401
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