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I've been lurking for a few weeks, so I thought I would introduce myself. I've only been taking Aikido for two weeks now, so I'm totally new. Other than going to class I picked up a copy of "Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere", which I am slowly working my way through.
I'm just recovered from a motorcycle accident earlier this year, and my physical therapist suggested martial arts for flexibility and some strength maintenance. I did some looking, and Aikido looked like something I could get into without being in top-condition, as well as something that could have non-physical benefits for me too. Needless to say, I discussed all this with my Sensai before starting to train. I'm hoping it can be a healthier / less dangerous hobby than motorcycling (FWIW, I was hit by a careless driver that was making an illegal turn - watch out for motorcycles everyone!).
Any suggestions for the complete newbie? Any other books that might be helpful to me? I know learning comes from practice, but right now all the names of forms and defenses are still a bunch of random syllables to me, so I'm hoping reading can help me with some terminology to organize these things in my brain a bit.
Anyhow, I've enjoyed browsing the forum so far, so I just thought I'd introduce myself.
Thanks for your introduction! I've been to Tempe a couple of times so far and have enjoyed myself there. Welcome to the AikiWeb Forums.
Yeah, it's great most of the year, except for midsummer when the temperature (dry heat or not) gets up there. I've only been here for a couple of years, so I'm by no means a native.
05-11-2004, 02:58 PM
Ryan, good to see someone joining aikido to help them with their overal fitness. I just had an instructor imply that I couldn't do aikido *because* of my overall fitness, so hearing that you're doing it is kinda like a karmic thumbing-my-nose about it. Heh.
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