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This entry somehow got blown away and the next entry replaced it. So I have reentered it from memory.
Finaly being able to take up the art of Aikido after having wished to for a number of years, but not been in a position to do so.
Tonight I went to look at the Aikido Institute. I watched both the beginers class, and the advanced class.
All of the people in the class were extreamely friendly. Asked multiple times if I had any questions.
The bigger Aikido here was apparent in a number of ways. There was an elder on the mat in the advanced class, she did not do rolls or the like when she was a partner with the others, however she was working hard on her form, and everyone took her inability to roll in stride.
The techniques were well taught, and the ratio of demonstartion and verbalization for each technique seemed well within my range.
The Sensai Kim answered my questions several times throughout the evening. He had a way of talking to me and listening to my questions that cemented in some way his big Aikido in my mind. It was very comforting, very welcoming.
Tomorrow night I am going to go watch at East Bay Aikido. Tom the Sensai there wrote me the most zen responce to any e-mail that I have ever gotten. I am intrigued, and look forward to meeting him.