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mccabegc
03-24-2013, 05:39 PM
Greetings everyone,

I will be taking my first Aikido class on Tuesday and I am pretty pumped. The dojo I signed my son up at teaches, Goju Ryu, Jiu Jitsu, Judo, and Nihon Goshin Aikido. Jiu Jitsu and Judo are only taught on Friday nights and one night a week isn't going to be enough. I strongly considered Goju since my son will be taking that as well once he is of age (he is only 4 and they do not start the kids Goju classes until 6). I done a ton of research on Aikido in general and also on NGA. The style itself just seems to be more me. I do not need to be in a Goju class putting on gear and basically fighting each night. I did enough fighting in my teenage years. I now want to learn a self defense "art." NGA seems to capture the "art" of traditional Aikido while blending in some basic strikes and grappling techniques from Karate and Jiu Jitsu.

I won't bore you with the "Is 30 too late to start Aikido?" posts!!! lol

akiy
03-25-2013, 03:18 PM
Hi George,

Welcome to AikiWeb. I hope your first aikido class goes well, and I hope you will keep up updated on your experiences.

-- Jun

mccabegc
03-27-2013, 08:58 PM
Just got home from my second class. I'm hooked. It was a very humbling experience actually. I have been reading the forums and watching videos for a few weeks now. All of which stated that Aikido takes years to become proficient in. I chalked it up to "opinion". Boy was I wrong.

JLRonin
05-13-2013, 11:46 AM
never too late.

Malicat
05-13-2013, 12:24 PM
Just got home from my second class. I'm hooked. It was a very humbling experience actually. I have been reading the forums and watching videos for a few weeks now. All of which stated that Aikido takes years to become proficient in. I chalked it up to "opinion". Boy was I wrong.

Hey George! Glad you like it. Remember how you feel this week, any aches and pains, and instances where you simply don't 'get' how the techniques are working. I promise in 6 months, you are going to be amazed at the difference. While Aikido is definitely an art that requires a lifetime to study, I still feel that the changes in how you move in your daily life, as well as how you respond to certain situations will surprise and benefit you in the short term as well as the long term. I came from a sport style of Isshin Ryu karate, and I'm still trying to unlearn habits. I still have a long way to go, but I still remember how lost I was in my first couple months, and I know that I've made huge improvements. That's what I love about Aikido. I'm not trying to be better than everyone else, I'm just trying to be better than I was 6 months ago.

--Ashley