04-20-2002, 08:50 AM
Hi, my name is Jan.
A few days ago I discovered this excellent forum, and I have to say that it seems to me I'm coming home after a long, long time!
Actually I do wing chun, with nice people in a nice kwoon, but more and more I think back to the times I made aikido. You know, wing chun IS a great system, specialized on self-defence, very effective and so on, butů..
I began studying Aikido when I was about 13 years old, and before I did other styles of martial arts, like Judo and TKD. At this time unfortunately I was often used as a very special kind of punching ball by some of my training partners, so you can imagine that it wasn't fun for me. But I didn't give up and started a new (and last?) try with an aikido-dojo in my hometown and YEAH, that was what I was searching for! First we used the DAB-system (German Aikido Association),later we changed to iwama-ryu, and I had a great time, learning so much!
Six years later me and my family removed to Hanover and I had to find something new.
My sensei gave me more than twenty video-tapes for studying the movements of the great masters at home, and during the last weeks I looked to these tapes again, just for fun. More and more I remembered all the techniques, and now I see the wonderful philosophy behind
them, realizing, that aikido more is than only self-defence, keep your body healthy, neither a religion nor a martial art: no, it's all in one, it's a way of living (I know, the most of you already know it, it's just a personal realization, late but not too late, I hope).
So, in September perhaps I'll get the chance going to America for two years, studying music.
I finished my (violin)- studies last summer and now try to get a scholarship from the School of the Arts in North Carolina. I know there are at least two aikido-dojos in Winston-Salem, and I hope I'll have enough time to train again.
The time I don't practice classic violin I play my black 5-string electric violin, loud and HEAVY! Or I write down my own music or listen on my knees to the amazing, incredible, music of symphony x, a band from New Jersey.
Ok, that's all! I'm sorry about my very simple words, I know I have to learn much more before coming to America, but writing in English is a first step I think.
Hold your hammers high
04-20-2002, 08:59 AM
Welcome! I hope you get the scholarship you are trying for, and find a fun place to train!
04-20-2002, 02:10 PM
Ich glaube, dass du gutes Englisch kannst.
Viel Gluck in Amerika!
Welcome to the Forums and thanks for your introduction!
Strangely enough, the only place in Germany that I've trained (so far) is in Hannover where I've been three times for CeBIT!