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OliviaWilson
04-21-2009, 09:21 AM
Hi,

My nephew has been attending aikido for a while now and has just progressed a belt. He's only 10 but loves it and was telling me all about the spiritual side.

I'd like to get him a special present that he will be helpful to him as he keeps it up. I thought about getting him the book
'the secret teachings of aikido' which he may enjoy a bit more in a few years.

I was wondering if anyone could give me some advice as to something aikido related that would be special enough for him to keep?

Thanks,

Olivia
ps i really don't know much about aikido myself.

lifeafter2am
04-21-2009, 09:36 AM
Hi,

My nephew has been attending aikido for a while now and has just progressed a belt. He's only 10 but loves it and was telling me all about the spiritual side.

I'd like to get him a special present that he will be helpful to him as he keeps it up. I thought about getting him the book
'the secret teachings of aikido' which he may enjoy a bit more in a few years.

I was wondering if anyone could give me some advice as to something aikido related that would be special enough for him to keep?

Thanks,

Olivia
ps i really don't know much about aikido myself.

I don't know how much you are looking to spend, but the best gift my fiance got me was calligraphy done by Ikeda Sensei Shihan. It is definitely special as they are made to order and no two are exactly alike. There are a few to choose from, but you can also place custom orders.

Check out the website, the calligraphy is listed under Calligraphy (obviously) :).

http://www.bujindesign.com

There are other things on there as well that you could look into. I have ordered quite a bit from the site. Great people over there in Boulder!

:)

gdandscompserv
04-21-2009, 10:08 AM
For a youngster I would suggest something like this;
http://www.zendocreations.com/mm5/graphics/00000001/aikido-pendant-lrg.jpg
http://www.zendocreations.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=zendo&Product_Code=zdc-aikido-pendant&Category_Code=aikido

OliviaWilson
04-21-2009, 12:12 PM
Thanks guys! That's great. I just ordered the pendant. It's perfect for him. I'll get the calligraphy when he gets his next belt....Maybe a trip to Japan when he gets his black belt! He told me he's hoping to get there by 17.

All the best,

Olivia :D

MikeLogan
04-21-2009, 01:08 PM
http://kingfisherwoodworks.com/

You can get him a lower grade bokken somewhat cheaply, and have something personal engraved on the handle from 4 or 5 different lists of japanese characters grouped by conceptual family shown below:

http://kingfisherwoodworks.com/inscriptions.html

The hand cut options are pricier and would make a better gift whenever you think he'll be able to appreciate it.

Regardless of finish they are tough, and beautifully balanced. Good luck!

(Later on I would also suggest finding a nice set of freezer gel-packs, so when he's had a long day at seminar, etc, he can cool off any potential inflammation).

Abasan
04-21-2009, 07:00 PM
I agree with the bokken gift. Nothing beats having a wooden sword to wave around when you're 10! :D