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ajbarron
03-05-2006, 07:49 PM
I would like to post a new thread/questionnaire to all Aikiweb members. :D

(This is my second attempt at this thread since I a pushed a wrong key before and lost the first to the ozone, unless it shows up twice in the forums and then I apologize :drool: )

How old were you when you started Aikido, did you come form another martial art or sport or dance or meditative study. Why did you start, continue, or move away from Aikido? :) :( :grr: :hypno:

I have been involved in martial arts for the past 11 years, starting at 49, the last 6 in Aikido, prior to that 5 in Hapkido.

I have a varied background in sports since the age of 10, starting in figure skating and then moving to swimming, water polo, speed skating, cycling , running, triathlons and the martial arts. :blush:

I have a family of with two children; one a debater/yoga practitioner (verbal aikido combined with WWE) and the other a soccer type "A" child who will require many years to take an edge off her competitive nature before joining Aikido. My spouse in a soccer/squash nut. ( we are both, my wife and I excellent chauffeurs and navigators)

I would appreciate your response either through this forum or personal emails.

Thanks in advance :D

ccain85
03-05-2006, 10:46 PM
I started training in judo when i was 15. the only reason was because i was not aware of the local aikido club. i had always wanted to study aikido, but didnt know of anywhere near me where i could. while i was training in judo, a friend of mine introduced me to his sensei, a jujitsu instructor. well, this jujistsu instructor knew one of the guys in the local aikido club. as soon as i met him, it was bye bye judo and hello aikido. that was almost six years ago. i couldnt imagine doing anything else with martial arts training except aikido. i love it.

xuzen
03-05-2006, 10:52 PM
I would like to post a new thread/questionnaire to all Aikiweb members. :D

(This is my second attempt at this thread since I a pushed a wrong key before and lost the first to the ozone, unless it shows up twice in the forums and then I apologize :drool: )

How old were you when you started Aikido, did you come form another martial art or sport or dance or meditative study. Why did you start, continue, or move away from Aikido? :) :( :grr: :hypno:

I have been involved in martial arts for the past 11 years, starting at 49, the last 6 in Aikido, prior to that 5 in Hapkido.

I have a varied background in sports since the age of 10, starting in figure skating and then moving to swimming, water polo, speed skating, cycling , running, triathlons and the martial arts. :blush:

I have a family of with two children; one a debater/yoga practitioner (verbal aikido combined with WWE) and the other a soccer type "A" child who will require many years to take an edge off her competitive nature before joining Aikido. My spouse in a soccer/squash nut. (we are both, my wife and I excellent chauffeurs and navigators)

I would appreciate your response either through this forum or personal emails.

Thanks in advance :D

Started MA (tomiki-ryu aikido) at age of 20 in university. I came from a family background which frown upon sports or any physical pursuit. Our sons must only be academically strong. We were the ultimate geek producers. I was the ultimate book nerd in high school.

I never had any background in sports or physical pursuit. Tomiki aikido is my first "sport". This coming June will be my 11th year doing aikido (in various school such as Aikikai and Yoshinkan). I have also recently added Judo into the mix. I am loving what these two hobbies are doing to my body i.e, turning me into a babe magnet. :cool:

akiy
03-06-2006, 12:09 AM
Here's a poll I took a while back:

"How old were you when you started aikido?"
http://www.aikiweb.com/polls/results.html?poll_id=45

-- Jun

Nick Simpson
03-06-2006, 04:40 AM
I started Aikido when I was 19, I had done a little karate when a child but didnt enjoy it and I had also dabbled with Iaido but qaulity instruction is hard to find. I had done plenty of sport from being a child but had never been particularly 'sporty' (i.e. not into football or team sports), mostly walking, climbing, mountain biking and swimming.

I started because I wanted to study a martial art properly again and had been mulling it over from the age of about 15 (taekwando, wing chung, ju jitsu?), also I liked the idea of getting fit and it seemed a cool way to do it. I read 'Angry White Pyjama's' on my dads reccomendation when I was 17 and I was intrigued by this AIKIDO stuff. So, 2 years later when I started university I went to the first Uni Aikido class and loved it, that was 3 and a half years ago and Im still training, now towards my shodan sometime later this year.

rachmass
03-06-2006, 06:38 AM
I started when I was 21 and this has been my one and only martial art.

Dirk Hanss
03-06-2006, 07:42 AM
I was 14, when I started karate, which I practised for 6 years. With 27 I just read a flyer about an aikido introductory course and I was very curious. I had a greater break of nearly 10 years due to unmatching training schedule and working hours and I started again about 2 years ago.

The major reason to practise aikido is, that it is much fun. I do not really need self defense, but if I needed, to beat someone down, until he cannot stand up again, should not be the only choice.

And I like not doing competition. We attended many tournaments in karate, what was not good for me. In fact it enforced my aggressions and lack of control.


Dirk

SeiserL
03-06-2006, 08:43 AM
How old were you when you started Aikido, did you come form another martial art or sport or dance or meditative study. Why did you start, continue, or move away from Aikido?
Started Aikido at 44, 11 years ago.
Came from bashing arts (FMA/JKD).
I am having a good time.

Cleetus
03-06-2006, 09:08 AM
I started Aikido just before i turned 19. Never done any martial arts before I started AIkido, never been what you would call a sporting person. However saw the club advertised at my university freshers fair, so me and a few friends thought we would give it ago. My friends didn't last long but I am still doing it Aikido and have never looked back. That was 2 1/2 years ago and still train as often as I can.

gregstec
03-06-2006, 09:19 AM
I first heard about Aikido when I read an article in the Navy Times (around 1974/75) about this young sailor stationed in Japan that just received his black belt in Aikido; by the way, the young sailor was a guy named Amos Parker - as most know, he is still active in Yoshinkan Aikido today. Anyway, when I was stationed in Guam in 1976, I was about 24 at that time, one of my shipmates was training in Ki Aikido and he got me started. I trained for a couple of years and then went back to the States. Since Aikido dojos where not as prevalent as they are today, I slowly drifted away from it until a couple of years ago when I started training again on a regular basis.

Greg Steckel

MaryKaye
03-06-2006, 09:57 AM
I was 39. I'd done about nine months of kung fu but it was causing me a lot of knee pain--I was away for two weeks and it took nearly that long for my knees to stop hurting constantly, so I realized this was not the right thing for me to be doing. (I wasn't addicted, obviously.)

When aikido started to make my knees hurt I went to a sports doc and found out ways to improve matters--that's the difference between liking an activity and loving it. The hard part was cutting down my training even temporarily so that they could get better.

(Knees are fine now, yay!)

Mary Kaye

Qatana
03-06-2006, 10:21 AM
I come from a dance and yoga background, Did a little karate in my late thirties but had to stop. I hadnt been dancing for a couple of years, at 46 a good friend suggested aikido to help me blow off steam and work with self-conflict-resolution. I was lucky enough to find an outstanding sensei at the first and nearest dojo I checked out.
I am told my ballet is starting to show in my technique. I'm taking it as a compliment, not as a hint my center is "too high" as is the case with most ballet dancers who start aikido...
I'll be fifty in a couple of weeks and for the record am currently the youngest woman in my dojo...

Mark Freeman
03-06-2006, 11:23 AM
I started at 36, 14 years ago. I had done judo as a kid and loved it. I knew that I was not going to go back to it as I didn't want to face the beating I knew my body would get. So aikido became the art for me. I look forward to answering the same question in 30 years time, and all that will have changed is the numbers, oh, and I may be a little better by then. :D

KerstineElnegaard
03-06-2006, 12:57 PM
I have been fascinated by martial arts for a loong time - since I was 8-9 years old. When I finally got a chance to try it out, it happened to be an aikido dojo I came to. And now i couldn't be happier about it ;) I was 15 at that point, have been training for 4 years now. Still love it, and hope to be practicing it 50 years from now. :rolleyes:

Karen Wolek
03-06-2006, 01:57 PM
I was 34. All of a sudden, for some unexplained reason, I wanted to do a martial art. I had never done any sports or anything; I was one of the last kids picked for teams in gym class. Unathletic, small, out-of-shape, and overweight. So I did a lot of research online and kept coming back to aikido. I visited my dojo once and signed right up. I lost 40 pounds within a few months.

Three and a half years later, I'm still there everyday. They couldn't get rid of me if they tried. ;)

Aiki LV
03-06-2006, 02:24 PM
I was 12 or 13 years old when I first started training in aikido. Originally I wanted to train because I had no confidence in myself and was rather reserved, of course that changed over time and age. The reason why I kept going was because I just loved it so much. When I moved to a new city to attend college I didn't practice for a few years. At 24 I started training again after finding a good place here in Las Vegas. I hope to never have to go without training again. This might sound corney to some, but this art has very much shaped the person I have become. I hope over time I will continue to learn & grow as a result of my training.

aikigirl10
03-06-2006, 03:13 PM
I started Aikido when i was 8. My grandma actually introduced me to it... she knew i had been interested in martial arts and she when she heard about aikido she was intrigued by it because it was more peaceful than most other martial arts. So, she talked to my sensei and got me started in the children's classes.

I'm 16 now. I also started shaolin kung fu about a year and a half ago. I found it to be great as well and both arts actually compliment each other. They are very different but some of the principles of ki/chi are the similar and there are also breathing exercises incorporated in both.

*Paige*

Michael O'Brien
03-06-2006, 04:47 PM
I'm 38 years old, 39 later this year.

I was always involved in sports growing up (soccer, football, volleyball, baseball, track, tennis, racquetball, swimming) and had some exposure to Shotokan karate around the age of 10, but we moved and I didn't have an opportunity for any more martial arts exposure until college.

In college I started taking Tae Kwon Do as well as continuing to pursue most of my other sports interests through campus intramurals. I was able to continue my TKD training to 1st Dan and then went into the military after college. During 9 years in the military I continued a lot of my sports intrests as well as add rock climbing to the mix and got to experience different martial arts at different duty stations (Tae Kwon Do, Aikido, Tang So Do, Kenpo, a couple of styles of Kung Fu). After I left the military I spent a couple of years in small town USA with no training in any martial art within a 1-2 drive. Eventually I moved to Nashville, Tn and have had the opportunity to start training in Aikido again.

Aikiscott
03-06-2006, 04:48 PM
I started Aikido when I was 29, but started Martial arts with Shotokan Karate at age 9, have also done TKD and freestyle Karate, I also trained in Yang style Tai Chi whilst doing Aikido. I have been practicing Aikido (Aikikai) for 6 years and still loving it.

Zach Sarver
03-06-2006, 04:57 PM
I started when I was 15 and have been doing it ever since, so about a year. When I was younger(age 5-age 10)I did tae-kwon-do, but I moved and the place I was going to start at said I had to start over at white belt, and I didn't want to. So, I did various other sports(soccer, basketball, crew) but they were never able to hold my attention. After my 15th birthday I decided to start taking a Martial Arts again and started looking around. I found a site about Aikido and how it stress non-violence and thought "Hey that is pretty cool." After I started I got more into reading the philosophy of Aikido. I really enjoyed such views, especially since I am in highschool and everyone there has an over inflated ego and most seem to think violence and war is the coolest thing ever. Aikido gave me a good foundation, so I guess that is why I keep taking it.

Tommy_S
03-06-2006, 07:02 PM
I started Aikido when I was 19, with no previous martial arts experience.

giriasis
03-06-2006, 08:19 PM
I started aikido at age 29.

As a young girl I was physically active: swim team at age 6-7; Tae Kwon Do 8-11 years old. (Swam, biked [I was faster than the boys at that age] played basketball with the boys in the neighborhood, too. Then I got into competitive baton twirling which is more dance like until I was 14 years old. Then Marching Band in highschool. Took two Goju Ryu karate classes, in lieu of aikido, while a freshman in college. After that I was physically inactive for 10 years until I was 29 weighing in at 210 plus pounds. I've been practicing aikido for 6.5 years since and it is a key part of maintaining an active lifestyle for myself.

David Anderson
03-06-2006, 09:12 PM
I started Aikido when I was 45; I'm now in my 6th year of practice. I had no previous MA experience [unless you count shooting in uniform] I came to Aikido mainly because our organization does a lot of sword work, and I was a [passive] admirer of the JSA. I got hooked on Aikido and plan to make it a lifetime pursuit.

nathansnow
03-06-2006, 09:25 PM
I was 18 when I started. I had just started college and went back to the dojo that I saw an aikido demonstration. 8 years later, I'm still there having a blast!!

seank
03-07-2006, 12:06 AM
I started studying Kyokushinkai at 14 for about six years, then drifted into boxing and a few other bits and pieces before settling on Aikido at 28. Have been training in Aikido for about two and half years, but am enjoying the differences immensely.

I started Aikido because I was tired of the confrontational nature of other martial arts and the chest-beating. I also much prefer a challenge, something that can be a life-long pursuit rather than a quick fix.

RebeccaM
03-07-2006, 12:10 AM
I started when I was 11. I'd been doing TKD since I was 7, and I didn't like it any more. When my family moved, my dad told me I could quit TKD if I took another martial art instead. Then he showed me an aikido class.

That was roughly 13 years ago.

I couldn't find a dojo I liked when I was in college, so I trained in aikido when I was home on breaks and did Shotokan karate while I was away at school. I quit Shotokan when I started grad school. I had to choose, and I prefer throwing people to throwing punches.

Jerry Miller
03-07-2006, 04:45 AM
When I was young, probably about twelve I started Aikido at the YMCA being taught by a man with the last name of Walker in Florida. I went two nights a week until I was about fourteen. I graded under him and thoroughly enjoyed myself. This was an adult class and I was very skinny but just as tall as I am now. I remember closing class early because the Kung Fu series was starting up and we were excited about it. Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere was published back then and was a big deal. There was no Internet and very few books or dojos. My family moved because of work and the new home was an aikido less void. In the meantime something called life happened to me. Thirty something years later I walk by a storefront. It was an Aikido dojo. Even more important they were close and the hours were compatible with my current job. That was three years ago. I was able in the beginning to judge the aikido where I am now learning. I am Happy to be back. The Organization is a different one. A few things are different but it is still Aikido and a whole lot of fun. Oh I am almost the same kyu rank as before and just enjoying the ride. Maybe a Dan someday if I can stick to it. :)

John (King John)
03-07-2006, 06:33 AM
I started when I was 36. I saw it in the local sports centre and liked the look of it. It was going to be something for my son and myself to do together. He stopped after only a few weeks, but it was too late for me! That was 6 years ago. I just wish I'd started as a teenager before the weightlifting & motorbike & stock car racing had taken their toll on my poor bashed up old frame. :uch:
Plus I could now wander around looking wise when I'm feeling weary. :D

Nick Simpson
03-07-2006, 06:45 AM
Plus I could now wander around looking wise when I'm feeling weary.

Doesnt stop me ;) (I have a big piece of carrot cake John!).

Mark Freeman
03-07-2006, 10:11 AM
and I prefer throwing people to throwing punches.

Much nicer to be on the receiving end too! :D

Eric Webber
03-07-2006, 11:22 AM
Started 10 years ago this week, age 22. A friend steered me to the dojo after talking to him about wanting to start a martial art. No breaks (other than some days for sickness or travel), in time or bones, thankfully. Still feel like there's so much to learn - is a good feeling. Had been competitive figure skater (roller) for eight years, then coached for 10 years. Good background for balance and body control.

Trish Greene
03-07-2006, 01:23 PM
My husband, son and I started Jujitsu when I was 32 yo (2002) and practice for about half a year until our sensei started having personal issues and the dojo closed. During that time the focus was mainly on rolls and breakfalls. My son and I started Aikido last year (2005) when I was 35 yo. Our Sensei had just opened a dojo in the same building complex as my son's scout meeting place. We wandered in to check it out and haven't left!

and for the record.. throwing people is a lot more fun!!!

frankvgb
03-07-2006, 02:48 PM
I have a brother who is 4,5 years older. When we were little we used to playfight a lot, trying kicks, punches, holds, throws. My brother began to buy books about karate, jujitsu and judo and we tried things out. Then came the revelation. My brother found a Dutch translation of The 'Encyclopedia of Asian Martial Arts' by Don Draeger and Robert Smith. We read it again and again. We found a dojo where they practiced different martial arts and I was about 13 when we enrolled and got hooked.

Frank

Carlos Rivera
03-07-2006, 04:30 PM
I started in Okinawa Goju-Ryu when I was 17, got my BB 2d Dan at 21 yrs. Then it was on to TKD (both ITF and WTF) for 7 yrs., got the 2d Dan BB. Got married, stopped MA for a while (moved, had kids and a mini-van) and got back in TKD did that for another 5 yrs. and started in Aikido at age 38 at Nippon-kan (Denver, CO) got my 3d kyu. Then I moved to Louisiana, did Jyushinkai Aikido for a short while before branching into Praying Mantis Kung Fu (two years), got a Brown Sash. Moved again (yeah, I work for the government) and came to VA, where I got back in Aikido, got my 2d kyu. Took a break (work, life, and all that) and returned to practice August '05. Just turned 45 yrs. old (got the scars and gray hair to prove it). I'll stick with Aikido until I wither and die. There's good folks, good times, and lot of the techniques are good whether you're 18 or 45.

To quote the Grateful Dead: "What a long, strange trip it's been." :cool:

RebeccaM
03-07-2006, 07:03 PM
Much nicer to be on the receiving end too! :D
Oh yeah...

The worst was getting punched in the throat. I learned to keep my neck guarded after that. :/

neb1979
03-07-2006, 11:27 PM
I Started Aikido when I was 25. I started training MA's when I was about 11 in kick boxing from a police officer who lived next door. Up until the time I joined the army (at the age of 20) I was very active in all sports and also body building in the latter part. I started to study BJJ, JKD, and kick boxing again when I was in the army. This ultimately lead me to see what sort of damage you can inflict on someone, as I fought in a sort of fight club within the army. Knowing that I could inflict severe damage to someone made me look at ways of subduing an opponent with out hurting them (progression into mature way of thinking, I think?). I read a lot about Aikido and in Darwin (were I was posted) they had no Aikido up there. So as soon as I left the army and moved home I took Aikido up pretty much straight away. It has changed my life in ways I could never imagine and it is still changing my life to this day.

Cheers
Ben :)

Mark Freeman
03-08-2006, 06:24 AM
Just turned 45 yrs. old (got the scars and gray hair to prove it). I'll stick with Aikido until I wither and die. There's good folks, good times, and lot of the techniques are good whether you're 18 or 45.

To quote the Grateful Dead: "What a long, strange trip it's been." :cool:

In about 30 years time there's going to be alot of us old hippy's / Deadhead's / old farts, wobbling our way into our respective dojo's. My imagination starts to get carried away with itself... ;)

"What a long strange trip it's been......and it aint over yet!" :D

This is a great thread to read, cheers :cool:

Qatana
03-08-2006, 10:52 AM
You mean I'm not the only Old Deadhead on the board?!

....and every silver lining's got a touch of grey....

merlynn
03-09-2006, 05:27 AM
i have done many sports over the years football , netball , trampolining, dancing,rounders and gymnastics, i started karate when i was 13 and stayed with it for 2 years, but it wasnt for me.
i started aikido when i was 27, up until then i had no direction in life, and now i feel i have found the inner peace i have been seeking all these years

Gabriella Wrigholm
03-10-2006, 09:46 AM
When I was little I did ballet and played basketball but never really liked it that much. I was thirteen when I decided I wanted to try a martial art. So I started training karate with a friend of mine. I practiced for about a year and had fun but then my friend quit and I also felt it was a little too heavy for me to do the same type of exercises as the big, strong guys who were twenty five years old. :( :uch:

I didn't do any kind of sport for two years and when I had turned sixteen I thought it was time to go back to the martial arts again. So I tried Aikido in the town where I live. I felt very welcome and kept training. I have now trained Aikido for soon to be three years and I keep training because when I think back they have been the years in which I have had the most fun and met the most interesting people in my life so far. And of course because Aikido is a lot of fun. :) :) I hope to continue practicing for many more years in the future.

Jose Garrido
03-10-2006, 10:24 AM
I started my Aikido training in 1964. I was 9 years old and both my parents worked so it was a good way to keep me out of trouble. It was at the suggestion of my uncle who was a former Judoka from Cuba.

Jose Garrido

cck
03-10-2006, 10:26 AM
I started aikido at the age of 20. I had pretty severe asthma as a child, but danced for five years, and then took up crew, followed by kayaking. I also did a bit of swimming. My studies took me to China, where I did tai chi. When I returned to Denmark, a friend was raped, and I felt I needed to learn self-defense. Picked the local aikido dojo out of a phone book and was sold the moment I saw people flying through the air and then getting back up like cats. I've been in and out of aikido a couple of times for various reasons, but found a great dojo where I've been for the past two years.

Amanda
03-14-2006, 08:18 AM
I started aikido at 22 having previously done 4 years of Judo (ages 16-20). I was complaining to a friend that I felt I should be doing something again, he suggested I join him at aikido and the rest...

Berney Fulcher
03-19-2006, 03:20 PM
I started at 43 after about 6 years of TKD.

villrg0a
03-20-2006, 07:26 AM
I studied JKD when I was 27, then moved on to karate when I turned 35. After that I said to myself, with all these training I still wont be able to use it unless its a life and death situation, coz most of the things thought to me utilizes fatal maneuvers. I found aikido when I was 37, although started on the wrong track, I got hooked on it. Went back to basics afterwards, I am now 43 and just recently got back from a short aikido training in Japan.

Neil Mick
03-20-2006, 03:41 PM
How old were you when you started Aikido, did you come form another martial art or sport or dance or meditative study. Why did you start, continue, or move away from Aikido?

I started when I was 23, back in 1983. Before that, I studied yoga, under my mom's tutelage (along with some books) on and off, through most of my teens.

Even tho I was looking for Aikido, it was pretty scarce in my area. I discovered it by accident, upon meeting the president of the Johns Hopkins Aikido club.

Shortly after that, I went North (Maine), to continue my college. At the time, there was no Aikido in Maine; so I organized an independent study in Aikido, affiliated with Lou Pereillo Sensei in New Hampshire (the dojo commutes were hellish). After my college was finished, I went back to the mid-Atlantic area and trained in a school under Saotome Sensei.

I originally joined Aikido thinking it was a "nonviolent" martial art. I stayed on in it mostly because of its philosophy of respect ("Rei"), and because no one told me that I "should" practice regularly, or scolded me for not coming often enough to his or her liking.

With the exception of studying Capoeira from '94-'98, I have pretty much stayed with Aikido as my sole martial discipline, since '83.