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Steve Pilling
12-14-2010, 01:48 PM
Hello everyone- this is my first post and it seems like a good chance to introduce myself. I am 44 years old and just started Aikido. It seems a bit late in life to start to be honest and I wish I had started 20 years ago but it is too late now to change that. The knees and back are complaining but basically hanging in there for now. I have previously trained in Muay Thai when I was younger but that was a long time ago.

I work in a big office in Munich and have wanted to do Aikido for a while and finally have set up a club together with some others. We found an instructor and have started training. I find the Aikido techniques fascinating. I also find that the attitude of non-aggression and avoiding meeting force with force, also is quite calming and anxiety-reducing. I think we are trained to react to force by exerting a counter force (donīt let him push you push him back..Etc) and Aikido trains us that there is another way- that we can let the force go past us. Instinctively I think we know that if we carry on meeting force with force that we eventually find someone with more force than us and the results are not good.

I am not planning on hanging around any bars late at night but it is never a bad thing of course if you can defend yourself and your family.

Anyway I am looking forward to you sharing your insights with me and have already learnt a lot from lurking in the forums.

If anyone has any tips then please feel free to chime in. Otherwise hello everyone.

12-14-2010, 03:41 PM
Welcome! It's never too late to start aikido. It can be a very age/injury friendly style. We had a guy in our dojo who started in his 70's and trained until he was in his 90's! Good for you for trying something you have wanted to do.

My advice: show up and train hard. The rest takes care of itself with enough time.

12-14-2010, 04:43 PM
Hi Steve,

Welcome to AikiWeb and to aikido. Better late than never!

-- Jun

12-15-2010, 03:30 AM
Hi Steve,
I began with almost 47 and thought like you why I did know about aikido earlier to start then, but now I know it was just the time. There is a time for everything in your life, now my children are grown up and I have the time for aikido.

Steve Pilling
12-15-2010, 02:53 PM
Thanks for the encouragement everyone. I need it. :D