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02-23-2001, 10:50 AM
I've really only been on here for a couple months, and have some trouble figuring out who is who, and would like to try and put some persona behind the names here. How old is everone on here?Do you actually do aikido? How long have you been doing it? What rank do you currently have? What style(s) do you practice? What other martial arts/ways (sigh - just thinking about *that* thread) do you or have you practice(d)? And where do you practice? (Just what State or Country) I'm also curious about how "big" you are - but I don't want this to end up being aiki-personals, just a little background on who on this thing.

02-23-2001, 11:04 AM
My name is Nick (as though the username didn't reveal it), I'm 14 years old, and have trained for 14 months now. I train in Wadokai Aikido, which is heading up by Roy Suenaka Sensei, who was a deshi of O'sensei's for about 9 years. I trained in Shito-ryu on and off for about 2 years when I was younger, and I live and train in Lilburn, GA (USA). As for how "big" I am, well I think that's kind of personal ;).



[Edited by Nick on February 23, 2001 at 10:07am]

02-23-2001, 11:18 AM
Hey, everyone
My name is Tim. I've trained in Aikikai style aikido 2 1/2 years now, and I am a 1st Kyu. I have also cross trained in TKD for the last 2 1/2 years where I am 3rd Gup. I train in Grand Rapids, MI. I am 26, 6'7-ish, 250 pounds-ish, and I enjoy long walks on the beach and like girls who can make me laugh. :D Sorry, couldn't resist.

02-23-2001, 12:13 PM
The name here is Ed (which of course is up in lights at the bottom). I actually train at the same dojo as Magma. I started Sept 15th of 2000, and just got my 6th Kyu ranking. My previous experience was about 2 classes of Kung-Fu, don't ask me what kind because I don't know. I'm 26 until May, and I go about 6'-2"/6'-3" and 180 pounds. So now you all know you can probably kick my a**. And why did I know at least one person would take "big" that way. I have a secret crush on Tim, although I will die before he ever finds out. DOH! Too late. :D

02-23-2001, 12:24 PM

02-23-2001, 12:32 PM
My name's Aleksey, I've been studying at the Aikido Center of San Francisco, which is a part of Pacific Aikido Federation founded by Hideki Shiohira Sensei.

I've been studying for about a year and haven't tested for 5th kyu yet (which is probably a good thing :-I)

Except this month I missed the first half of the month due to a horrible cold and then decided to take a break until March.

Oh yeah, and I'm the smallest guy in this thread - 6"1, ~150lbs .

I enjoy my girls lightly grilled with a bottle of nice Chianti.

02-23-2001, 12:38 PM
ffft fft fft fft!!!!

02-23-2001, 12:48 PM
My name is Wil and I'm 18 years old. I have trained for about 6 months now, and have my grading for 5th kyu coming up soon. I train in KaiShinKai Aikido, in England. I trained in judo for about 2 years when I was younger, but other than that no real experience. Im the shortest on this thread at 5'10", and weigh about 10 1/2 stone (no idea about kilos!)

02-23-2001, 12:57 PM
My name is Mark. I'm 36 til May. I practice at the 'Institute of Aikido' which is the oldest ryu in the U.K. (Kenshiro Abbe sensei but now really Iwama) I've been there 18 months and have a 5th kyu. I also went on a 3 month course with a teacher from the French aikikai and got a 5th kyu there. I train in a tomiki sports aiki school (Shodokan) at the weekends. I'm 5'8 and 9 1/2 stone :p

Steve Speicher
02-23-2001, 02:25 PM
My name is Steve (haha tricked you). I just started aikido at the beginning of this year, although I've been studying (and following this board) for a couple of years now off and on. My dojo is in Ohio and headed by Claude Geeromes sensei. It is ASU affiliated, so Aikikai style?

Oh yeah, I'm 21 and attending Ohio State U also.

Later :)

02-23-2001, 02:27 PM
1 stone = 14 lbs.
1 stone = 6.36 kg
1 stone = a crude weapon
1 stone = not quite gravel
1 stone = ... ok, I'll stop now.

Brian Vickery
02-23-2001, 04:15 PM
Well, my name is right there on the left; I'm 40; 7 years in Aikido, rank of nidan; style is Aikibujutsu Tanren Kenkyukai (founded by Toshishiro Obata Sensei); I've studied briefly in Shinkendo and Tae Kwon Do; located in Gilbert Arizona. I'm 6'1", 180 lbs.

02-23-2001, 04:29 PM
Let's settle this dispute--

I'm probably the shortest here, 5'8 (I think that's about 160 cm, though I failed my metrics test in 7th grade) and 160 lb of pure muscle *cough*...


[Edited by Nick on February 23, 2001 at 03:32pm]

02-23-2001, 05:33 PM
I think I'm the shortest Nick. I'm 5'8 and 26 yrs old. Your still growing. I weigh 158 lbs gained about 10 lbs of muscle lifting. Anyways my name and school/style are at the bottom and currently I'm 1st kyu. I also train in jeet kune do and kali for about 1.5 yrs and tkd when I was younger.

02-23-2001, 05:48 PM
Hello I am Michael J. Humenny and I have been in Yoshinkan Aikido for about 8 months now. Mostly I just read threads instead of reply to them.

Michael J. Humenny

02-23-2001, 05:50 PM
I am 5' 7"

Michael J. Humenny

02-24-2001, 05:04 AM
My name is Kris Honeycutt.
I will be 27 on March 1st and am all of 5'8", 160lbs.

I've been active in the martial arts for about 17 years now. The first 14-15 of that was spent in TKD and dabbling in Jujutsu and Escrima. My only rank is in TKD, in which I hold a nidan. While living in Indianapolis, Indiana, I trained at the Dojo (www.the-dojo.com) for a little over a year. Training there is pretty eclectic. I wouldnt call it aikido, but there are aiki concepts, as well as jujutsu, kenpo, jodo, iai and other assorted goodies (shoto, tessen, hanbo). Great training and people. If you are near or passing by, I suggest dropping an email to Chuck Gorden (chuck@the-dojo.com) and see about "playing" with the gang.

I now live in the Kagawa prefecture of Japan and study Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu.

02-24-2001, 04:29 PM
Christopher Martin here. I'm 31 years old,(April 19th, 1969) 5'7", 165 lbs. I train at the University of South Florida Aikido club in Tampa under Joe Oglesby sensei, Evelyne Williams sensei, and Gary Clementi sensei- http://ctr.usf.edu/aikido/

Our club is an extension of the St. Petersburg dojo under John Messores sensei(6th dan), student of Saotome Shihan(ASU).- http://ctr.usf.edu/aikido/dojo/

I've been training on and off for about 2 years,(unfortunately not often enough to qualify for testing) and now 3 nights a week for the past 5 months. I'll finally be testing for my 6th Kyu within two weeks!!:D

(Christ I'm a midget compared to some of you people!!)

02-24-2001, 07:58 PM

I have tried to reach you throught this forum several times, yet you have either not seen my posts or are ignoring me.

Anyway, I too am from Tampa Florida. I am just under 6' and weigh about 225.

I am 33 years old and study at the Hyde Park Aikikai under Arakawa Sensei, a student of Yamada Sensei.

Peace, Kenn

Greg Jennings
02-24-2001, 08:10 PM
I've been studying Aikido for just under six years under Ron Myers Sensei at Capital City Aikido in Montgomery, AL.

I'm that lowest of creatures: a shodan. I mostly lurk here and on the Aikido Journal and E-Budo forums. At my level of (in)experience, I don't feel I have much to contribute.

As for the style of Aikido I study, well sometimes that's a very good question. We try very hard to stay true to the way that Moriyama Sensei taught Myers Sensei. Moriyama Sensei is a student (as much as a 7th dan is a student) of Saito Sensei's.

I'm 6'2" and here at the end of winter, I'm a well-larded 193 lbs. I'm 38, have been married for 12 years and have a couple of young kids.

Best Regards,

02-24-2001, 08:18 PM
My name is Dan I am 16, and I have been training for two years under Glenn Webber Sensei at Rhode Island Aikikai and am currently looking for a new dojo

02-24-2001, 10:41 PM

My name is Louis (just like it says at the bottom) and I've been studying Aikido for approximately six years. Just like Mr. Jennings (hello Greg); I'm also the lowliest of creatures, a Shodan. I train mainly in the Aikikai style under Shihan Fumio Toyoda (AAA), but since I get to travel a bit I also train in other styles as well. By the way, if you're ever in Montgomery, Alabama (USA) I recommend giving the folks at Capital City Aikido a call, I trained with them for a few days while I was visiting and learned some really great stuff.

Anyways, I'm 27 years old and an Officer in the United States Air Force. I currently live in Wyoming and teach beginners Aikido classes for the base Youth Center. My wife tells me that I spend too much time reading the Aikiweb forums, and she is probably right since I should be working on the research paper for my Masters Degree right now. Back to work!

02-25-2001, 01:05 AM
Steve here - 43 years old this summer, 5'10" 195lbs, shodan, started about 1987 in Santa Fe NM, took some time off and am now practicing in Golden (Denver) Colo. Wondering how to contact guy that got me interested in Aikido in Santa Fe about 1982. Last known location Seattle, WA area - name Paul Sonya - he was from south of Boston Mass. - Worked in accounting or Financial Mgmt. - Will start a thread someday asking "Where is Paul?"

Greg Jennings
02-25-2001, 11:35 AM
lt-rentaroo wrote:
Just like Mr. Jennings (hello Greg);
Hi Louis! I've enjoyed your posts.

I'm also the lowliest of creatures, a Shodan.
A good shodan: Polite and humble.

By the way, if you're ever in Montgomery, Alabama (USA) I recommend giving the folks at Capital City Aikido a call, I trained with them for a few days while I was visiting and learned some really great stuff.
Myers Sensei said to say "Hi" and "Thank you very much" for the plug.

Best Regards,

02-25-2001, 04:25 PM
My name is Brian Kerg, and I have aged 16 years. I'm 6'.03" and 165 lbs. I study Tomiki style under Steve Wood Sensei at the YMCA Mezanene here in good 'ol Piqua, Ohio. I've studied for about seven months, and am ranked at sixth kyu.

Upon realizing that I seemed only to respond to controversial threads that didn't seem to get anywhere and ended up being debates of things that had nothing to do with aikido, I decided to content myself with lurking, and now I only respond when an important part of a conversation has yet to be brought up, which doesn't happen very often. Nevertheless, I pride myself on being the only Brian on this forum who can claim the user name of "Brian." So Nah-nah, nah-nah, nah!

Ah, yes, and I'm also prone to sudden fits of immaturity (see "nah-nahs" aboave).

02-26-2001, 04:32 AM
Okay, my name is Petra, I've been studying aikido for 2,5 years now, aikikay style. I seem to be the only person up till now who trains outside the USA, namely the Netherlands and am also the first woman to respond to this thread. I'm 1.78 m which is about 5,10', 70 kg ~ 150 lbs, I just turned 27 yesterday. My teachers name is Ad van Dongen, he studies with Sugano Sensei, Tamura Sensei, Claude Pellerin and encourages us to go to all the seminars we can get to. I have been fortunate enough to be able to go to seminars given by the above mentioned teachers/senseis.
Anyone else from Europe around?

02-26-2001, 04:48 AM
Hi Petra, (and everyone else!)
I am another female aikidoka, but I train in Australia. Specifically the Cairns Dojo of the North Queensland Ki Society with Sensei's Roby & Greta.
I have been training nearly one year and am now 31. I'm about the same height as you... my weight? about average for my height I guess, I don't have scales!

02-26-2001, 07:27 AM
Hi Petra! (and everybody else)

petra wrote:
I seem to be the only person up till now who trains outside the USA
No you're not :) I'm from Denmark.

petra wrote:
aikikay style.
Just wondering: is it a typo or do you call it AikikaY with the Y in the end ? We usually call it aikikaI with an I. Not that I want to make a big deal out of it, but it would be an interesting difference.

As to who I am: I'm male, about 6 feet (182 cm) tall, approx. 190 pounds (95 kg.) unfortunately not all of it muscle :(
I'm 30 and I have practiced Aikikai Aikido under the influence of Shoji Nishio Sensei for a couple of years.

petra wrote:
My teachers name is Ad van Dongen he ... encourages us to go to all the seminars we can get to.
Well - we have got a seminar in my hometown with Nishio Sensei (8 th. dan Shihan) during easter, and you and your club-mates are very welcome to join us :).


02-26-2001, 08:19 AM
The profile button (1st icon in the list of icons in the top right of someones message) should give you most details.

Other than that I'm:

5 foot 7 1/2 inches
about 10 1/2 stone
trained on/off for 12-13 years
Aged 29

Does that mean someone is going to send me a free gi?


P.S. I'm in the UK.

02-26-2001, 01:47 PM
And another woman.

I have been training in aikido for a year and a half, and I have been with Florida Aikikai for the last year. I train under the direction of Peter Bernath who was a student of Yoshimitsu Yamada. My school is part of the Aikikai -- USAF, East.

I am currently a 5th kyu and I am getting ready for my 4th kyu test. :)

I am 30 years old, and 5'5" tall. I weigh about 180 pounds. I live in Fort Lauderdale, Florida where I attend law school. (oh, to you guys in Tampa, I graduated from USF in 1994.)

That's about it.

Anne Marie Giri

paul spawforth
03-03-2001, 05:39 PM

My name is Paul, I live in England and study Tomiki style Aikido under the tutelage of sensei Adrian Tipling, who is a 3rd dan and member of the British Aikido Association international squad. I have been studying for 7 months an am currently a 4th kyu (orange belt) managing to double-grade at my first grading. I am 23 years old, 5ft9ins tall, and about 11.5st in weight.



03-03-2001, 10:54 PM
giriasis wrote:

(oh, to you guys in Tampa, I graduated from USF in 1994.)

That's about it.

Anne Marie Giri [/B]

Anne Marie,

come up and train with us some time!!!

Peace, kenn

George S. Ledyard
03-04-2001, 06:24 AM
My name is George S. Ledyard

I am Chief Instructor of Aikido Eastside in Bellevue, WA and have a 5th Dan from the ASU.

I have been studying Aikido for 23 years. I am a direct student of Mitsugi Saotome Sensei under whom I studied in the very earliest days of his dojo in Washington, DC.

Whenb I moved to the West coast I was fortunate enough to be able to train at the dojos of Mary Heiny Sensei and also at the dojo of Bruce Bookman Sensei. About 1986 I became Chief Instructor of the Seattle School of Aikido when Mary heiny sensei moved to Canada. After three years I opened my own dojo which is still there today.

I am 49 years old this year, am a seriously big fellow, and divide my time between my dojo and my combined family of eight kids (have three grandchildren at this point as well).

03-04-2001, 10:56 AM
I'm Anne Schwaderer and proud to fit in both of the favourite fringe groups here: being female and from outside the US (Germany in this case)...
I'm 25 years (since midnight...)
I've been training in aikido and aiki toho iai for about four years at the Kiel university dojo. We do mainly the style of Shoji Nishio Sensei. Our chief instructor is Ingo Heinrich Sensei.


03-04-2001, 04:15 PM
well i have skimed though the heights and weights...and i am 22 140 pounds (i think) and 5'5, so i think its safe to say im the shortest man....woohhoo, i have spina bifida....dont ask me to go into it, its too complicated...look it up on the net if u must.

i have been doing aikido (seshinkan i think)since last october so im not really any good hehe, but hopefully i will get better...
well thats it for now