05-01-2009, 01:31 PM
I have been posting my two cents around the forum and thought it was about time I introduced myself. :D
My name is Ashley and I started training in Aikijitsu in 1999. I also began to practice Tai Chi and Aikido at the time from the same place, though different teacher. My training came to an end in 2006 and thus my short lived Aikido class came to a hault as I ended up moving an hour and a half away. :( Because I had over a 2 hour commute to graduate school, there was no way I could train after classes. I left before 8 a.m. and returned around 10:30 p.m. So, for 2 years I was left martial artless (I know I made that up... haha).
In August of 2008 I left Delaware and moved cross country to Oregon for a job. My husband and I (he has been doing martial arts forever....) decided that we missed training and wanted to find an Aikijitsu or Aikido class here. Well, no Aikijitsu was available, but Aikido was. :D So, in March we started up Aikido classes. Starting May 2nd, we will also begin taking Iaido classes and on March 5 we will begin our Tai Chi classes. All 3 are offered at the same dojo and we feel that this is quite similar to what we were doing before. Ah.... the somwhat familiar!
Okay... so my Aikido skills aren't THAT great since Aikijitsu didn't focus so much on the Aikido aspect- as it did the joint locks, weapons and amazing hip throws into the mat (which I desperately miss :D). But I think I have carried over decent rolls and falls from my 7+ years of Aikijitsu. I must be doing alright when they use me for demonstrations for some things. At least I will take that as a compliment! :D I will also miss the bo and the chucks... but I can still play with those on my own time. Hehe.
The point is, although I am a beginner in Aikido (2 months) and know little about Aikido, if you see me posting teaching advice or something, please don't think I am over stepping my boundaries. I feel that I have something to offer from my previous martial arts experience and I would like to think that I am not a complete noob in that way.
Thanks for reading my story. I know it wasn't terribly interesting. Feel free to ask more about me if you feel the need.
05-01-2009, 03:43 PM
Thanks! So far, I have enjoyed reading and posting on this forum!
Welcome to AikiWeb and thank you for your introduction.