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06-29-2006, 01:38 PM
Hello, everyone! I'm Craig Rickel, from Kansas City, MO, training under Terry Kocourek-sensei at the Manabi Dojo.

I had aikido for a few months way back in high school, but it wasn't until earlier this year that a friend of mine drug me along to a dojo in her area and I joined in a class that I realized just how much I truly enjoyed it - especially now that I'm mature enough to understand it. :)

I started seriously training about four months ago at a local dojo. It's relatively small, but the other students are quite friendly and helpful. Tonight, I take my gokyu test. Testing is a little different in our dojo - gokyu is almost completely about your ukemi. My backrolls still need work (well, nothing is perfect, but they definitely need more work), but I'm feeling pretty confident about it all the same.


06-29-2006, 01:39 PM
Hi Craig,

Welcome to AikiWeb. I hope your test goes well.

-- Jun