View Full Version : Hello from Appalachia!
05-15-2007, 02:37 PM
I'm Steve Gegner. I began studying Aikido in Massachusetts under Kanai Sensei in the early ‘70's and then moved to California where I studied for a short time with Pranin Sensei… Moved to remote area(s) where there was no Aikido, and lost touch… for over 25 years!
After the new year of 2004, I realized that I wished I had continued with Aikido -- and it may not be too late! I went down to the local dojo, Almost Heaven Tomodachi Dojo in Parkersburg, WV, and talked with John Allen Shihan and Kathy Allen. Began studies and realized I was with a great group of people! John was a student of Karl Geis Hanshi, and teaches a modified Tomiki style, which I enjoy, since it is structured and learnable by one of the senior set. After over 600 hours of class time, I was promoted to Shodan in June of 2006 -- at 65 years of age! And I'm having the time of my life! I look forward to continuing training (3 times per week) well into the future!
05-15-2007, 03:48 PM
Welcome aboard, Stephen.:)
Welcome to AikiWeb and thank you for your introduction.
05-16-2007, 04:59 AM
Hello Marietta OH from Marietta GA.
(and from one older guy to another)
I'm just East of you around Clarksburg WV. Glad you found something you liked. Especially in rural WV. :)
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