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09-15-2005, 07:39 PM
Hi everyone,

Yeah I know. You just took a look at my username and couldn't resist singing to yourself

"Louie, louie, louie, louie...." :D

(I think that was from Hot Chocolate).

I get a lot of that. Doesn't mind at all ;)

Anyhow, I'm new both to this forum and to aïkido : never visited a dojo before, never got flipped over, but will soon be. This is why I'm qualifying myself as being 500th kyu.

Starting next monday, I'm taking my first lesson at the Aïkikaï from Laval University in Québec City, Canada.

I took the decision to take aïkido lessons last July, so you can say that I've been waiting for this moment for quite a while.

Before reading on aïkido, I often said to myself (I talk to myself a lot :freaky: ) that I would sign up for any martial art where there would be no competition. I'm 40 and there is no way I'm going to fight with some 20 something who recently saw Karate Kid and is eager to beat the hell out of me.

No seriously, when I was young, I took kung fu lessons and really enjoyed it. That was until the teacher thought that I was ready to fight. I did, but that turned a joyful experience into a nightmare. What I liked though about those kung fu lessons, was when before each class, the master picked someone in the room and threw some Confucius sentence (don't know exactly) at him so he can tell everyone present what his thoughts were about this.

What I remember from that experience, is that this master not only taught how to fight, but also how to think. That impressed me and still impresses me some 30 years later.

So I recently went on a search for some sport. Turning 40, I had to "move" again. I read about Tae kwon do, Karate, Kung Fu, Jujustu, Judo, etc. And then, I came across a text on O' Sensei Ueshiba. I was stunned. It was as if I had finally found what I was searching for a long, long time. The text was talking about a "non-violent martial art". What !? A "non-violent martial art" ?

I've always admired Ghandi, so you can bet that this text caught my eye. I couldn't even believe my own eyes that a martial art of that kind existed. A martial art where efforts must be put both the mindset and the more physical aspect. "Aïkido, I read, is more than a martial art. It's a way of living."

And there were no competition.

So I eagerly went on a search for a Dojo. After reading on the myriads of aïkido styles (that gave me a headache!), I chose to follow the Aïkikaï style. Luckily, not very, very far from where I live, there was a dojo. The rest of the problem was to wait for the summer to end so I could sign up for a beginners class :cool:

So here I am, waiting and looking forward for my first class next Monday. I have my dogi. I'm prepared. Since a week or two, there is this phrase I read in an Aîkido book that's goes over and over in my mind (a bit like that Louie Louis song). It's in French, but it says something like:

"The aïkidoka is the one who, through his techniques, and with sufficient vigilance, allows himself to open the door and let the tiger get out of the cage."

Thanks all for letting me introduce myself.

"Louie, louie, louie, louie...." :cool:

Camille Lore
09-15-2005, 08:44 PM
Welcome! I'm confident that you will find what you are looking for in aikido. You have certainly found an art that wil engage your mind and heart.

Mark Uttech
09-15-2005, 09:58 PM
welcome. If you can keep 'SHOSHIN' , the Beginner's Mind, you can learn to roll and tumble like a kid. Best of luck to you

09-16-2005, 07:52 AM
Hi Louis,

Thank you for your introduction and welcome to AikiWeb.

-- Jun

09-16-2005, 09:45 AM
Welcome Louis!

Nick Simpson
09-17-2005, 01:00 AM
Nice intro Louis, im sure you'll love aikido!

soorkeu atrooshi
09-17-2005, 05:55 AM
Very nice introduction Louis and welcome aboard.

09-17-2005, 07:27 AM
Ah, Louie, Louie-san,

...you don't gotta go now....:)...I am alittle older and it was The Kingsmen...;)

...or, Louie, Louie, Louie, Louie...Louie, Louie, Louie, Lou-iiiiii, you ain't gotta cry....Stories, your choice...:)

..My pleasure to make your acquaintance....enjoy the journey, it is eye opening....


09-17-2005, 07:08 PM
...or, Louie, Louie, Louie, Louie...Louie, Louie, Louie, Lou-iiiiii, you ain't gotta cry....Stories, your choice...:)


Yep Mickey, that's the one I had in mind. But, you reminded me also 'bout the "Louie, Lou "I", oh no, " sang by the Kingsmen.

Anyhow, thank you all for the warm welcome.