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09-17-2002, 10:57 AM
Hi everyone,

To celebrate AikiWeb's recent Fifth Anniversary (http://www.aikiweb.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=2343), I've decided to hold a Free T-shirt Giveaway! Heck, I'll even give away two T-shirts!

In order to enter into this ever so exciting contest, all you need to do is post a reply to this thread with a reason (any reason would do!) why you like this website -- that's it! Only one reply per person will be counted of course; multiple replies will only count as one entry.

Here are pictures of the front (http://www.aikiweb.com/about/graphics/t_front.jpg ) and back (http://www.aikiweb.com/about/graphics/t_back.jpg) of the T-shirt. Sizes range from S to XXL.

This thread will remain open until 12pm (US Mountain time) on Friday, 27. September, 2002. I'll randomly draw two (different) names from those people who reply to this thread (with a reason why you like this site as stated above).

Just a way to say "Thanks!" to everyone here!

Good luck!

-- Jun

09-17-2002, 11:28 AM
I like this site because it was very helpful in getting information when I started in Aikido. Also, beacause they give away cool t-shirts.

Rolf Granlund
09-17-2002, 11:29 AM
As a beginning student in Aikido, this website has been an invaluable resource in helping me gain a better understanding of just what it is I've gotten myself into.

Jon C Strauss
09-17-2002, 11:32 AM

I like this website because it has all the Aikido info I could ever want--and the webmaster is REALLY cool guy.

Not to mention, that it would be very easy for me to come to Boulder and pick up the T-shirt, thus saving said cool webmaster countless postage fees.

But I wouldn't want to influence you in anyway.




Marc Kupper
09-17-2002, 12:03 PM
I like AikiWeb because the web master is giving away two cool looking tee-shirts to at least one lucky aikidoka.

I love AikiWeb because it's kept up to date, is easy to navigate, and contains loads of information about aikido.  My favorite surfing spots are the books (and reviews), the polls, the forums, techniques section, and every so often I visit another spot on the site and exclaim "oh, cool!  This is really interesting!"

Larry Feldman
09-17-2002, 12:09 PM
Jun - Congrats on 5 years.

I have found the dojo search engine to be particularly helpful. I have used it several times when students were moving to a different part of the country and looking for recommendations.


09-17-2002, 12:22 PM
I like AikiWeb because it's a great resource for aikido related information, and it helps me "harmonize with the spirit of the bandwidth." :)

09-17-2002, 12:35 PM
The Dojo search is really useful to someone who travels a lot.


09-17-2002, 12:41 PM
I find AikiWeb to be the most balanced of the aikido websites currently available. It has the largest menu of options, the most thorough listing of dojo and seminars, and a wonderfully vocal and diverse population of posters in each forum.

Obsequiousness aside, I greatly appreciate the way in which the webmaster remains unphased by input that might otherwise motivate harsh, critical response - as seen in some other websites. Way to go, Jun.


Jim ashby
09-17-2002, 12:46 PM
I like Aikiweb because Jun is giving away T shirts. I'd like one so I can match with Jon Burn from our club. He got his in the states from Jun himself.

Worth a try!

Have fun

09-17-2002, 12:57 PM
Being relatively new to Aikido I found this website helpful in getting up to speed on terms and technique. What better way to show my appreciation than to don a shirt for all to see (a free shirt at that!).


Young-In Park
09-17-2002, 01:25 PM
I need a new shirt...

YoungIn Park

09-17-2002, 01:44 PM
Aikiweb serves the greater aikido community by allowing aikidoka the chance to meet, greet, and share their experiences with one another. It have given thousands of people a way to express their opinions with one another in a way that is very open and honest. Without aikiweb, I am sure many events as well as articles would have gone unread for years to come. In fact, I credit aikiweb for connecting people from around the world in a very harmonious and positive manner to share their thoughts, experiences, and most importantly, their thanks for aikido. Great Job Aikiweb, may you keep us all connected for years to come.

Frank :)

Deb Fisher
09-17-2002, 01:56 PM
I like aikiweb because it helps me to keep my big mouth shut more while I train (although I think the folks at my dojo find that hard to believe). Seriously, it warms me to know that other people are learning from aikido, and I'm here to share that.

Besides, I want a t-shirt!

Thanks Jun,



09-17-2002, 02:03 PM
Shee-it, man. Because Aikiweb ROCKS. Because it's fun and thought-provoking and insightful and alive. Because youm Jun, are one helluva aikidoka and will be a great teacher one day (and I shit you not). And because whether or not I get an Aikiweb t-shirt, Aikiweb has informed, illuminated and enhanced my budo.

I like Aikiweb because it's community, it's old friends and new, it's memories of the dear departed (George and Ubaldo, among others, may you enjoy your next adventure as much as you enjoyed this one!), and promise for growth for aikidoka and budoka young and old.

Because it's fair, and impartial and inclusive. Because it offers something for everyone and because Jun has worked had to keep it that way, when it would be easy for him to let it slide towards one point of view or the other. Because it is rigorously open-minded and delightfully funny.

I like Aikiweb because it's a warm, comfortable piece of home whilst I'm stationed 5,000 miles away from my home.

It's communication and information and debate and sharing.

I like Aikiweb because it IS.


Forget the damn t-shirt, Jun, me boyko. Come visit and we'll buy YOU a t-shirt.

09-17-2002, 02:11 PM
What do you mean "why" I like AikiWeb? I like aikido, how can I possibly "not like" AikiWeb? I'd like to write more but Chuck said it all. Thnx for a great job Jun.


09-17-2002, 02:34 PM

free shirts!!

09-17-2002, 02:41 PM
Heh heh heh - See how everyone suddenly becomes all polite and suddelnly puts on the happy hats when someone mentions 'free gift'? :D

LOL I spent some time trying to come up with a funny, off-the-wall response, but to be honest, I've made Akiweb my home-page because the damn thing works! Simple to get around, easy on the eyes, fun to cruise around; it's simply a suprbly designed site. It's well-maintained, always up to date, and there's always something interesting going on in the forums.

Jun's an excellent webmaster, even considering this blatant attempt at fishing for compliments (Bwahahahaha!).

Good job on the site, Jun!


09-17-2002, 03:18 PM
I like this site because it gives us space to post ideas and opinions on Aikido related matters in a format a little more controled than the Aikido-L list.

I like the thoughts and ideas I have read here and the fact that you don't have to wade through 85 to 150 posts a day to follow a thread.

This site is a great idea. In fact, outside of the Ki-Wee official (and unofficial) sites, Aikiweb is the most reliable Aikido site there is. ;)

I take XX Large, thanks,


09-17-2002, 03:28 PM
I like this site because it gives us space to post ideas and opinions on Aikido related matters in a format a little more controled than the Aikido-L list.

I like the thoughts and ideas I have read here and the fact that you don't have to wade through 85 to 150 posts a day to follow a thread.

This site is a great idea. In fact, outside of the Ki-Wee official (and unofficial) sites, Aikiweb is the most reliable Aikido site there is. ;)

I take XX Large, thanks,


09-17-2002, 04:16 PM
Some of the best aikido-minds offer free advice on a myriad of subjects on this website. This is definitely one of the best places on the internet (or anywhere) to get up-to-date information on Aikido.

09-17-2002, 04:21 PM
I like this site because it puts a lot of information in one place easy to access, because when I travel it makes it easy to find places to visit/train, and because Jun is way cool.

09-17-2002, 05:06 PM
Four words: Most attractive webmaster ever.

Now the shirt is mine!

09-17-2002, 05:10 PM
Dojo search has been really helpful

Videos have been nice

Discussions have been thought provoking

How much can I buy a shirt for?

09-17-2002, 05:52 PM
Being a humble little Aikidoka from the great south land (Australia), I wouldn't mind being a roveing bill board for Aikiweb, because it offers great and exstensive information on Aikido and Aikido related subjects for "FREE".

09-17-2002, 06:00 PM
I just like the knowledge that there are other aiki-dorks like me :)

09-17-2002, 07:02 PM
My mind can wander and still be at one point. I can dissuce stuff with the people who really have stuff to say, People respect, love, and care for each other. I love Aikiweb because Light grows here, deamons are vanqueshed, and Aiki feelings flourish through the heated debates and hate love conqures all. I love Aikiweb because I can participate in a conversation without having to read lips, or say what ever 5 seconds.

Aikiweb isn't a websit but a community of people of all race, gender, and belifs, where the world ( at least a part of it.) can come to one point of understanding. Aikiweb to me isnt just words, or thought, but a living breathing city.

This website has been very helful to my spirtiual and Aikido growth I have learned things from people 3 generations older than me as well as from people just coming into the art.

All who participates in Aikido I salute!

09-17-2002, 07:49 PM
I like this website because it gives away free t-shirts! And because Jun runs it and Jun is a really cool guy :cool:

There is alot more on this website than I have really had time to look at but whenever I do, I find something useful and worthwhile. Dojo search is my very favorite and I use it whenever we go places or I'm just looking for who has what, where. I like the books, videos and supplies lists also.

Did I mention the free t-shirt giveaway? How cool is that!

Susan Mellott

09-17-2002, 08:28 PM
I like aikiweb because it is a great place communicate with other aikido practitioners; to ask questions, discuss things you might not want to in the dojo, and learn form people with alot more experience,or just chat, it is also a very well run site. Thanks Jun.

Mel Barker
09-17-2002, 08:50 PM
Hi Jun, Thanks for a great website. I like being able to get feedback from others on Aiki related questions. Keep up the good work.


09-17-2002, 09:13 PM
I just loves this website. It's a font of reference information.

09-17-2002, 11:03 PM
There are plenty of other aikido websites out there. I've been to most of them, but I've always come back here.

Coming back from UK, I really didn't expect to continue training in aikido. But my interest came back after surfing the net and stumbling into websites... such as this. And lo behold, I found my dojo through aikiweb's dojo search.

So all in all I guess, I like aikiweb because it became an integral part of my aikido life. Its user friendly, the html link is easy to type and its interface is very congenial.

Not to mention, its a great place to see the other side of things. Of which there are many with aikiweb being visited by such a diverse bunch of people.

Lastly, I thought that the interface was all right ages ago, but somehow Jun manages to improve it from time to time. I guess that's the difference I want to have in me. But I wouldn't have known that if I didn't come here.

09-17-2002, 11:43 PM
It has helped introduce me, albeit not physically ;) (though I'm hoping that will change), to the world of Aikido :)

Tadhg Bird
09-17-2002, 11:52 PM
AikiWeb is a great site with everything and anything an Aikidoka would want! So, it took a bribe of a (possible) t-shirt to get me to register for the forums, but I have used the other parts of this site often.

-- Tadhg ^^

09-18-2002, 01:18 AM

How could I not like AikiWeb?

The forums are the first thing to check in the morning and the last thing to ckeck in the evening.

Great source of information...


09-18-2002, 01:19 AM
I like this site because Jun said he would Nikkyo me if I didn't!! :D

09-18-2002, 02:31 AM
I love aikiweb because it shows just how diverse aikido can be. For years now people have been comming here and discussing on the forums. The discussions are endless. Even among the 'oldies' ;) who have been doing the art for years, there can be huge differences in view points from one aspect of aikido to the next.

And because aikiweb is huge someone can come here before they start aikido and get info and advice from a number of sources and stay with it all the way through their aikido practice, there is info here for every level/grade, age, sex, view point.

It is simply THE 'one stop shop' for all aikidoka.

Cheers Jun

09-18-2002, 03:10 AM
Why? The people. Some I agree with, some I don't but they all give me things to think about.


p.s. the video clips are pretty spiffy too :D

09-18-2002, 03:19 AM
For aikido resources the first place i'd send Anybody is to aikiweb, not only for its excellent advice and articles, but also for its forums which allow interactive questions about aikido and the way its practiced. aikiweb shows the true meaning of :ai: by bringing ppl from all around the world closer together in something ppl can beleive in.

thats just what i think of aikiweb never mind the flipping T-shirt ;)


09-18-2002, 03:34 AM
I like this website because it is a wonderful example of how fluctuating and ever changing the world is. This should be an inspiration for our aikido.

I also like it, because it obviously serves a much needed desire among new and potential aikido students to learn more about aikido before they get there feets wet.

Finally I like it because it has opened my eyes to the diversity within the world of aikido.

Lots of luck and best wishes for the next five years. I'll at least be sure to drop in now and then.

Koen Heringa
09-18-2002, 03:47 AM
Because it was my portal to Aikido-L. Because any information I need I will find here. Because I read things here which changed my life forever. And all before I even started doing Aikido!:-)

Now that I finally am taking classes, AikiWeb has become more important than ever.

I think it's so great that a person is able and willing to maintain such a high quality site for five years already! T-shirt or not, Jun rules!


Koen Heringa

09-18-2002, 04:17 AM
So many reasons.

It is always growing and well maintained.

Why it seems only yesterday the forums were started. I posted so they would have something in them. See what Jun's careful nurturing does?

apart from the forums There is of course the Dojo Search engine.as A university Dojo every year We have people asking where can I study when we move to...

And With The Dojo search I can Look damn near omniscient.


L. Camejo
09-18-2002, 06:22 AM
I really love Aikiweb.

Being in the Caribbean which is no where near to the main streams of Aikido activity, this website has allowed me to make contact and communicate with many great Aikidoka, whom I may never have a chance of meeting in real life.

It has become a source of sustenance for electronic and human information and ideas on Aikido in general.

Because of the somewhat informal (to me at least) format, I feel a lot more comfortable taking the time to post here than on any other website (esp. aikidojournal:)).

All in all, superb work Jun. You have done a great justice to Aikido and it's dissemination by managing and maintaining this site.

Domo Arigato Gozaimashita


09-18-2002, 07:10 AM
I like this site because it is well designed and sometimes they give away t-shirts.

09-18-2002, 07:12 AM
Aikiweb gives me international feedback from those experienced and beginning in aikido for any question I could think to ask - a resource that cannot be produced by any one individual.


09-18-2002, 07:24 AM
I like AikiWeb cuz the webmaster ain't always spammin' my ass like some guys. Yes, even aikido types!

09-18-2002, 07:28 AM
First, because this is the first place I log onto after checking my mail.

Second, because the webmaster is so "bendable".

JIM, the wolves howl "Congratulations!" from beneath my window in Norfolk

09-18-2002, 08:52 AM
I like AikiWeb because it helps me keep my perspective... it is also an excellent learning tool with regard to the other branches of our art.

Thanks, Jun!


Margo Ballou
09-18-2002, 09:00 AM
Aikiweb is the aikido site that I use the most, because of the excellent dojo search engine. I travel a lot, and I like to visit the local dojos wherever I am.

I also appreciate the fine organization of the site, and when I explore features other than the dojo search engine, I invariably wonder why I do not do so more often.

- Margo

09-18-2002, 09:13 AM
As a student of aikido, this site and the forum in it, gives me great joy. It brings the aikido around the world through the net.

09-18-2002, 09:42 AM
what can i say?

this place offers great resources about aikido, lots of information, the possibility to discuss and exchange opinions with other people, and on and on anjd on...

09-18-2002, 09:47 AM

Thanks for 5 years of a great website. I have been coming here pretty much since the beginning. I use the the Dojo Search and the Seminar pages frequently. I recommend this site frequently to friends and people that are interested in Aikido. Having a t-shirt with your site address would help!

Thanks again Jun,


09-18-2002, 10:33 AM
Well. I just joined these forums ( been readin the stuff on the boards over the past 2 weeks or so).. And wala! i see this little giveaway! If there a better way to welcome a newcomer, i dont know how!!

09-18-2002, 10:55 AM
here are the reasons I like Aikiweb:

- Dojo search: very useful tool. I look for dojos near the places I travel. I've found on aikiweb and visited dojos in Amsterdam, Riga(Latvia), Ithaca(NY, USA)

- Good design. Easy to use, intuitive.

- Website is alive: updated often, many new posts in forums and even a t-shirt giveaway;o)

suggestion - add e-mail notifications to user profile

notify when:

a) new article posted (to any section or to a specific section)

b) new book review added

c) new link added

d) new post added to selected thread and/or by specific user

e) new dojo added to the search in a specific country/region

f) new member registered in a specific country/region

g) new poll

h) send Doka of the Day via e-mail

etc ...

09-18-2002, 11:18 AM
In order to enter into this ever so exciting contest, all you need to do is post a reply to this thread with a reason (any reason would do!) why you like this website --

Why?? Why it's simple ;)

a. The forums are excellent

b. The topics are interesting

c. It's a good easy-to-use archive of Aikido related material.

d. Dojo Search

09-18-2002, 11:33 AM
I like everything here, informations, videos, forum and,... of course the shirts...

Happy Birthday, Aikiweb...

09-18-2002, 12:35 PM
Hmmm, where to start? First of all, congratulations AikiWeb and all my thanks to Jun for the incredible work! Why I like it here? Apart from all the information, I like the forum (although I don't have the time to hangout as often as before! I made really good friends here, learned a lot of things and laughed a lot.

Thanks again!


09-18-2002, 12:39 PM
in a word: "awesome"

Thanks Jun, for all the energy and hard work that you have put into this excellent source of information that serves so many people.

Your t-shirt is really cool too!


Bryant Pierpont
09-18-2002, 12:48 PM
I use this site when considering job offers. No Aikido dojo, no acceptance ;-) I just accepted a position in Japan for 3 years, so I'll just be reading the articles for a while. ;-)

09-18-2002, 12:53 PM
I like aikiweb because Jun give away t-shirts -- well, every five years or so ;)

Brian H
09-18-2002, 01:36 PM
I found my first dojo on the then brand new Aikiweb. I have been practicing regularly since then, and should probably put on a clean shirt.


Thank you for all of your hard work.


09-18-2002, 02:53 PM
I like Aikiweb because there is little or no

foul language, nudity or violence. XL will do nicely. Domo.

09-18-2002, 09:15 PM
Happy Birthday AikiWeb!!, good work, I expect this site to last for long time, so futute generations come here, to documentate, to learn, to read about diferent opinions, to share knoledge and personal experiences.


09-18-2002, 11:01 PM
I been visiting aikiweb lately to check out the quotes from O'sensei. :D

09-19-2002, 02:52 AM
:) the obvious answer to 'why do you like aikiweb?' is 'because it's hosting a T-shirt giveaway'

Moreover, though :D, it's a fun place to be hanging around. Lotsa fascinating discussions :confused:, certainly. And the dojo search thingie is invaluable.

Most of all, a source of inspiration.

Ta Kung
09-19-2002, 03:08 AM
I like Aikiweb because I'll might get a t-shirt if I say so... :)

(and I also like aikiweb 'cause of all the information one can find here)



09-19-2002, 03:43 AM
I like Aikiweb because I can spend hours reading the threads during work while everybody thinks I'm working real hard... :)
It's my getaway,
my sanctuary,
my relaxation spot.

So Thanx, Jun, for being there for us - the addicted.


09-19-2002, 04:22 AM
I like Aikiweb cause it's a good place for people to discuss and know themselves.

Italy is not very big but the number little aikido association, and, narrow mindness and little common background of people makes me wish we had something like aikiweb in Italy too. (I've been thinking about it for a while...)

Anyway "L" would be fine ;-)


09-19-2002, 06:41 AM
Its been the best source of information and contact with other aikidoka. Its been invaluable to get other perspectives and advice on the practice of aikido.


09-19-2002, 07:53 AM
Yeah, I visit here for all the reasons everyone has already said. And because I'm a wastrel with no life who needs to belong. :D

09-19-2002, 08:34 AM
A aiki web tshirt will help me attaing a state of Mushin!? Not really, but it might help :D



ze'ev erlich
09-19-2002, 09:06 AM
I will be glad to have your nicely designed t-shirt (size m)

Aikiweb IS a source for endless opportunities to learn more about Aikido.

09-19-2002, 12:41 PM

I dont need to be :freaky: bribed :freaky: with the prospect of a free T-shirt to say that Aikiweb is magnificent.

I think of Aikiweb as my online dojo. Still trying to figure out how to online clean the mats. :D

Still, I do agree with Chuck on the fact that it is actually us that should be buying Jun a T-shirt (WHAT, only one, he deserves a whole bunch of them :rolleyes: )

If my name is drawn from the contest, I want Jun to have the T-shirt, for he deserves it!!

09-19-2002, 01:02 PM
l like this website and l wish to see more techniques animation like those in judo web... www.judoinfo.com

Brian Vickery
09-19-2002, 01:48 PM
I like this site because it's a fun and casual place to discuss and learn about aikido!

09-19-2002, 10:04 PM
:ai: :ki:

I like this website because I love aikido. And this site provide me a lot and useful information about aikido, also a lot of archives, not so much marketing thing.

Further more, a weekly vote and doga hint me to think deeply about aikido every week.

I like it :)

Gregory King
09-19-2002, 10:07 PM
Hi Aikiweb,

Aikiweb web rocks for a number of reasons, the first being that it is a great way to augment my training on the mat when I cannot actually be on the mat and avails me of the knowledge and experience from the diverse and more experienced aikidoka who regularly contribute to the site.

Secondly as I was the victim of an unfortunate assault and robbery during which my leg was badly broken I have been able to ease some of the frustration of not being able to train by regularly visiting the site, listening to and learning about the many aspects of Aikido which are not always discussed during training in our dojo, I have found that my Aikido experience is the richer for this site so thank you, thank you very much.



Thiago Campos
09-19-2002, 11:28 PM
It's cute, it's useful and it's funny! It's aikiweb... log on!

Well... a good motto to explain my feelings :)

09-20-2002, 12:27 AM
It's the best...

XL, please

Bruce Baker
09-20-2002, 07:40 AM
We come to the Aikiweb in search of knowledge.

We find comfort, we find friends, we find teachers, and we find comedians, but we always come away with more then we have brought.

It is a place of connection, of change, of history, of diversity. We can talk within the Aikido community, and sometimes beyond, changing the face of Aikido's present boundarys, affecting its growth in the future.

In short: The Aikiweb is a place to grow, to learn, to share in a global forum.

Thanks Jun for having the courage to put up with us, and give us an Aikiweb.

Paula Lydon
09-20-2002, 07:58 AM
Hi Jun,

Ramdom, huh? I can't suck up because I know you ;)? I love having found Aikiweb because isn't Aiki all about connecting and harmoneous blending (even those bits where we all argue are blending because we're opening to each other).

And you wouldn't have to pay any postage! Medium, please...See you on the mat :)

Richard Jackson
09-20-2002, 09:25 AM
I like this site because the 'Doka of the Day' gives me something to think about and try to decipher when doing my tedious day job.

Keep up the good work.


09-20-2002, 09:27 AM
I like this site because it is very helpful in finding any aikido realted information

09-20-2002, 10:32 AM
IMHO, AikiWeb is a international Dojo to practice intellectual and verbal waza. Enter and blending off the mats, with our minds and our voices. Deepest compliments and appreciation.

Until again,


Ted Powers
09-20-2002, 10:46 AM
Comprehensive site! Lots of good information. Interesting.

David L. Porter
09-20-2002, 08:40 PM
I am somewhat new to Aikido and this is by far the best site for beginers. Especially for providing information on techniques and language. The site provides an unlimited amount of information on Aikido.

To celebrate AikiWeb's recent Fifth Anniversary (http://www.aikiweb.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=2343), I've decided to hold a Free T-shirt Giveaway! Heck, I'll even give away two T-shirts!

In order to enter into this ever so exciting contest, all you need to do is post a reply to this thread with a reason (any reason would do!) why you like this website -- that's it! Only one reply per person will be counted of course; multiple replies will only count as one entry.

Here are pictures of the front (http://www.aikiweb.com/about/graphics/t_front.jpg ) and back (http://www.aikiweb.com/about/graphics/t_back.jpg) of the T-shirt. Sizes range from S to XXL.

This thread will remain open until 12pm (US Mountain time) on Friday, 27. September, 2002. I'll randomly draw two (different) names from those people who reply to this thread (with a reason why you like this site as stated above).

Just a way to say "Thanks!" to everyone here!

Good luck!

-- Jun[/QUOTE]Hello Everyone

colin slider
09-22-2002, 05:50 AM
i need a new shirt too, size XXL - and it would promote the site overseas (i'm in singapore)


Jeanine Perron
09-22-2002, 07:34 AM
Since I found this site, I log on every day to learn something new. I am from a school that is very limited to students. I like to read other opinions and ideas. I am an assistant to an instructor in a college that teaches Aikido. I send the students to this site. Thank you for putting the time into this website.

09-22-2002, 09:36 AM
This has been the best aikido website. I LIKE TO HAVE THE FREE SHIRT!!!

09-22-2002, 06:10 PM
Most of my reasons have already been mentioned, so I guess I'll just say that this site has been around for the same amount of time as I've been practicing Aikido, and it's come a lot farther than I have in that time.

Without Aiki web, I'd have had a lot more trouble finding dojos, as I moved from Ann Arbor, MI to Aix-en-Provence, France and back, and then to Maibara, Japan and back, and now to Grand Rapids, racking up a formidable list of dojos I've trained at over my short tenure. Probably why I'll be testing for only 7th kyu in a few months (according to AAA standards)...and why I'll forever be a mere shoshinsha.

Keep up the great work Sensei!

09-22-2002, 08:18 PM
Aikiweb waza

Communication foremost

We speak with softness


09-23-2002, 07:00 AM
why I like Aikiweb? They probably said all the reasons but one thing is for sure. A lot of us like Aikiweb because we like aikido regardless if we are studying it or not. We love the principles that created it, the reason why it existed. Aikiweb showed to us more of this principles. it is by creating a site where both sensei and student can interact, even if they are from different locations in the world, therefore giving insights of different cultures and different dicoveries relative to the art. Aikido is a great Martial art and this mkes aikiweb a great site. Thank you Aikiweb ,Thanks Jun for all this.

Cool shirt! I don't think i'll win because I live too far(?) Anyway I like sharing my opinion.

James Trueman
09-23-2002, 07:59 AM
where else can we get together like this?

09-23-2002, 08:57 AM
I find this site a useful source of Aikido information, all nicely compiled into one place. Particularly useful for the beginners. Keep up the good work!

09-23-2002, 09:02 AM
As a beginner (5 mos.), I find Aikiweb to be a great source of information and links. Thanks and keep up the great work!

F. Schermbeck
09-23-2002, 09:39 AM

I am glad to see such a website thrive on the web. I feel this type of communication between all Aikidoka is important to keep politics out of Aikido. Information and communcation is needed, and welcomed by all.

Thank you for maintaining this line of open line of communication to all the Aikido community,

Thank you,

Sensei F.Schermbeck:ai: :ki: :do:

P.S. Cool idea for the t-shirt hope to get one

Paul Melsness
09-23-2002, 11:21 AM

I'm new to aikido (joined the Ottawa Aikikai in June) and was referred to this site from our web page:


Whenever I have a question about aikido, I always check out this site first - I've rarely had to look elsewhere for answers.

Keep up the good work and Happy 5th Anniversary!!


09-23-2002, 01:20 PM
I like this site because it gives me a chance to ask questions and read about the many different styles of aikido. Its also a great source of info for upcoming events and book releases. I keep AikiWeb as my home page



Jermaine Alley
09-23-2002, 04:54 PM

I am a very recent fan of aikiweb. It is kind of reassuring to find such a wealth of knowledge and experience out here. From lower kyu's to high ranking Yudansha, we have them all on this system.

You really can accomplish a lot on a forum such as thisone.

Thanks a lot for starting it..


Clay Stemple
09-23-2002, 05:38 PM
AikiWeb is a veritable fount of information and has no pesky popups or banner ads. It's the only Aikido site that I visit regularly.

09-24-2002, 05:13 AM
There was one aikido, in the hands of one person.

People saw it from their point of view, and taught it from their point of view.

Succeeding generations had only this point of view, often divergent.

Many chose to take having one point of view as meaning that other points are wrong. I have heard of bodily harm, hurt feelings, divorces and legal expenses over the divisions in aikido.

Aikido has begun to try to unify again, to celebrate its many roots and aspects.

I believe that much of this movement has started on these internet communities, especially on this site and on Aikido-L.

Other sites and organizations have begun to "copy" this exercise in open-minded coolness, but I like to think we either started it or greatly strengthened it.

The point of the exercise, as my sensei likes to say, is not to see what's better than whose, but to share, learn, compare and consider.

The "fundamentalist" attitudes which limit thinking and exploring are not evident here. I love hearing "my favorite style is" not, "the One True Way is" because thinking one can judge that for any other person is a grave error.

I have seen Jun be civil LONG past the point when I would have reached for a baseball bat. His pathological civility is evident even in the logon message.

And I have a question for you, Jun - why DID you create this much-copied, envied, and well-visited site? It's not the Great American Novel I know you wanted to write ;-), but it's a heck of an accomplishment. It has always been refreshing to come here and not feel like I was looking at aikido through someone's filter. And, as I have become a travelling budo bummette, a great index for finding new playmates and events.

Is it possible that I remember looking at the beta? Do I also remember a certain aikido magazine trying to get you to stop doing the calendar because they said it was their idea first?


09-24-2002, 06:43 AM
Hello Jun,

I do not need a new T-Shirt, but I want to get yours! Why?

Coz your website is a great deal, heavyset, informative and freebie!

So you belong to the lucid parts of the world. Ideal!

You get us searchers together. Via your aikiweb platform you give best example what the internet can do positive.

Thank you for the time you have spent to manage this site.

I'm a newbie at aikiweb and I'm looking forward to explore it at whole while the first taste smells very well.

The first look at your discussion themes produce inquisitiveness.

Great, you are responsible for my good feeling!

Send your Shirt to the other side of the world. To spread a glance of your precious work to the Uninformed. Let your T-Shirt become a catalysator for Aikido'ish thinking and behaviour! Not only int the centres of this world but also in the province, with me :-)

Best regards


09-24-2002, 09:43 AM
Because it is good!

Besides, I reply to nearly every thread.

09-24-2002, 01:40 PM
I love this site because of the many forums and the variety of opinions on any given topic. Great discussions!


09-24-2002, 02:30 PM
Everyone acts like an adult here! Many attempts in the usenet martial arts discussion groups often turn in to mudslinging and name calling contests.

(Or maybe the moderator is just very active ;) )

09-25-2002, 07:26 AM
I travel alot and this web site is great for finding dojos and associated information for those dojos.

09-26-2002, 02:46 AM
I will not make a long talk because we have a saying that "pikk jutt - sitt jutt" (long speech - s*itty speech).

Facts: This is one of the most informational easily accessible Aikido sitees in the net.

In the forums are so many Aikidoka all over the place, every rank possible, every view possible.

And I just plain and simple like it all:D

Thanks to Jun and every other one who has made it all possible.

Aiki spirit is here!


Estonian aikikai

Riveta sportsclub

09-26-2002, 09:39 AM
Hi folks,

Just a bit more than 24 hours left in responding to this post for a chance to win one of two free T-shirts! (Details are located in the first post (http://www.aikiweb.com/forums/showthread.php?postid=29271#post29271) of this thread.)

I'll see about answering everyone's questions about this site once the drawing is done tomorrow. Until then, I hope to see more posts here!

-- Jun

Adam Ross
09-26-2002, 02:58 PM
This site in my opinion is very beneficial do to one solitary reason. That reason is that it operates as a forum for all aikidoka to express their own viewpoints on aikido. People of all stages within the art. Not just high ranking dans'. People need to be able to get input from people on their level too. And this site serves as a great forum to do that. I thank you!!!

09-26-2002, 03:26 PM
This site is valuable because you can witness the wisdom of the high-dans, remember the panic of the novices, and see that you alone are not struggling on the road from novice to master. Besides that, they give out free t-shits!

09-26-2002, 07:14 PM
Simply put, it is the best source available for any Aikido-based information. This is where I started when I was trying to decide what martial art I wanted to study, and the place I returned after it helped me decide on Aikido.

Keep up the great work!

09-26-2002, 10:27 PM
Nam et ipsa scientia potentas est

Great place to share views, find out what's going on off our own little mat. The videos section is a real boon too -- cie to see what others are doing, and how they are doing it.

Thanks for bringing us all together (I'm resisting the urge to do something cute with "harmonizing"). Helping with the Path so difficult to comprehend...






09-27-2002, 08:06 AM
Hi Jun,

Having started aikido in February, there is a lot that I don't know about it. I am doing my best to "shut up and train" but I have always liked to read about things that interest me. Your site is a great place to swim around in others' experience. While some questions are best addressed to one's sensei, others are not. It is very nice to have a forum where my questions (even those asked by others) are answered by so many different folks.

Thank you VERY much!


09-27-2002, 08:35 AM
I like Aikiweb/com because It is a great enrichment to my Aikido studies and It helped me find a new Dojo!!!!

Mike Collins
09-27-2002, 12:16 PM
I like Aikiweb because sometimes I alienate every human being who reads both Aikido Journal website and E-Budo, and need a place to hide and wait till my personality(ies) disorder(s) subside and I can go back there and make more people mad at me.

By the way, I wear a 3XL. I guess I'd be out of luck, huh?

09-27-2002, 12:52 PM
Hi folks,

Phew! There were more people than I expected who replied to this thread. I didn't expect 115 posts -- that's great!

First off, I wanted to thank everyone for their kind words about this site. Sure, it was basically fishing for compliments, but hey -- it keeps me going, you know?

With all of that said, I went over to www.random.org and asked it to generate five random numbers between 1 and 115 and chose the first two numbers as the lucky posters. I would have disregarded my own posts, of course...

Without further ado, I would like to congratulate the following two winners who won AikiWeb T-shirts:

Paul Watt (paw (http://www.aikiweb.com/forums/member.php?s=&action=getinfo&userid=1391))

Drew Gardner (Suru (http://www.aikiweb.com/forums/member.php?s=&action=getinfo&userid=251))

Then, I thought: Hey, I still have three more numbers that the random number generator picked out for me. Why don't they get anything? So I decided that I would give ten "Aikido" temporary tattoos (each) to the other three names.

The three winners of ten "Aikido" temporary tattoos are: James Trueman (James Trueman (http://www.aikiweb.com/forums/member.php?s=&action=getinfo&userid=1906))

Jessica Dalton (jdalton51 (http://www.aikiweb.com/forums/member.php?s=&action=getinfo&userid=1446))

Erik Haselhofer (Erik (http://www.aikiweb.com/forums/member.php?s=&action=getinfo&userid=52))

Congratulations to all five of our AikiWeb T-shirt (and Temporary Tattoo) Giveaway!

Winners, please contact me via e-mail at akiy@aikiweb.com with your shipping address and I'll send these out to you as soon as I can. Paul and Drew, please don't forget to send me your T-shirt size as well!

Thanks, everyone, for participating in this AikiWeb T-shirt Giveaway. That was fun! Maybe we'll do it again sometime...

-- Jun

PS: Yes, I will have the T-shirts and tattoos for sale(!) here online soon. Details to come, hopefully, shortly (once I finish making the order form pages)...

09-27-2002, 09:49 PM
Love to win


09-28-2002, 10:28 AM
Yes, I will have the T-shirts and tattoos for sale(!) here online soon. Details to come, hopefully, shortly (once I finish making the order form pages)...
Hope you get them online asap. I know, I'm a sore loser <sigh> but, heck, an AikiWeb is probably one of the few t's I'd proudly wear nowadays.


09-29-2002, 02:29 AM
Congratulation To the winners.


09-29-2002, 03:41 PM
Free t-shirt.. Mmmmmmmmm good.

Tony Alegria
09-29-2002, 09:13 PM
Very interesting (refreshing) information about what Aikido is and isn't.

Thank you,

Tony Alegria