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Alberto_Italiano
01-12-2012, 08:50 AM
I guess I am not the first but I would like to thank this wonderful aikiweb community. It is not easy to make a community so valuable, so it must have been an effort that went through many years of hard work that eventually yielded and consolidated such outcome - besides, of course and obviously enough, the quality of its members.

First of all, the intellectual level is always elevated - this alone is such rare a find, that would be enough already to qualify these forums as superlative.

Then, all ways have citizenship here - no one must ever listen to people lecturing him/her or disqualifying his/her contribution accusing a lack of expereince - in many other forums they would do that to get the upper hand on a discussion cheaply.

Then, there is often disagreement and yet it is amazing how we can all keep it within an extremely constructive level - another very rare thing indeed.

On a more personal level, I thank you for bearing patience with me - i have an unconventional and perhaps delusional approach to aikido (my ideal dojo doesn't exit - or better there would have been 2: one doesn't exist anymore and even if it would i could not attend it anyway - Seagal's one. Another one exists but it is in Serbia so...) but I am very glad and grateful that we have always been able to confront positions without ever throwing in experience arguments meant to disqualify the interlocutor since the beginning with the brute force of authority (or alleged such lol) and that we have always been keeping a respectful approach to each other. And I also hope that, at least for a few of you, my idea of an aikido more geared to face brutality in attacks rather than speculation makes at least some sense.

That this forum alone can do all of this, is an amazing feat. So my thank you goes to you all, those I exchange comments with at times and those I don't follow but that none the less obviously contribute to the high standards and quality of this website and forums.

I just felt that among many threads, a thank you to you all, indistinctly, could be welcome - if not even necessary.

ps if i may afford the "unjustice" of one personal thank you, then it should go to George S. Ledyard: I have always read his posts with a great deal of admiration for his truly uncommon depth of thought and his brilliant and elevated English.

You guys, all of you, rock and are by far the best, also when at times your way of thinking aikido makes just no sense to my mindset lol
keep the amazing work up
Alberto

Janet Rosen
01-12-2012, 10:34 AM
Alberto, thank you for that, reminding us of the value of a place for intelligent and USUALLY civil discourse - and thank you for being part of our community.

Alberto_Italiano
01-12-2012, 11:05 AM
ooops thread moved, it seems i posted in the wrong forum - well i just wanted the thank you to reach the audience where the audience may still read it rather than at the end of the tail where very few may know of it lol
However hopefully it may echo better, now that it is at the bottom of the bucket :-)
thumbs up - and a hullo to Janet!

RealBeginner
01-12-2012, 11:21 AM
I am new to Aikiweb but I am finding it a wonderful place to deepen my understanding of Aikido.
Alberto, thank you for reminding me to say thanks. I am trying to make gratitude a part of my training.

Eva Antonia
01-13-2012, 02:36 AM
Hi all,

that was a very nice initiative from Alberto!
Just wanting to add that, apart of liking very much reading George Ledyard's posts, I also think that
- Phi Truong sometimes makes the most hilarious, unexpected and weird jokes
- Abasan doesn't write very much, but always to the point, moderate and useful,

so two more thanks to people whose contributions I really love to read.
And there are lots of others!!!!! And near to none I think that are unpleasant to read.

Best regards,

Eva

Malicat
01-13-2012, 06:10 AM
Just wanting to add that, apart of liking very much reading George Ledyard's posts, I also think that
- Phi Truong sometimes makes the most hilarious, unexpected and weird jokes
- Abasan doesn't write very much, but always to the point, moderate and useful,


Agreed Eva. Phi's dojo is actually only a couple hours away from me and I was pondering visiting just to meet him. :)

--Ashley

Janet Rosen
01-13-2012, 03:38 PM
Agreed Eva. Phi's dojo is actually only a couple hours away from me and I was pondering visiting just to meet him. :)

--Ashley

Oh heck yeah, cross country I can't do but I'd surely drive a couple hours to meet the person behind his posts! Should we start a thread, how far would YOU drive to meet (insert name of aikiweb personality) ? :D

Alberto_Italiano
01-16-2012, 07:52 AM
Oh heck yeah, cross country I can't do but I'd surely drive a couple hours to meet the person behind his posts! Should we start a thread, how far would YOU drive to meet (insert name of aikiweb personality) ? :D

It's a matter of money. Given the right amount, one would travel anywhere from anywhere :-)