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My first entry wil just be a veiw into who I am. My name is Shane, I am 29 years old, married with a beautiful 22 month old son and another arriving in 5 days. I'm a 5th kyu in Kokikai style Aikido but I am making the switch to Aikikai Monday. I have also studied a little Karate, Boxing and my share of street fights (I attract all the meatheads).
At first I was unsure of switching styles. After the birth of my son it was hard for me to get to the dojo. Being a chef I was working till 11 getting home @ 1am and then finally fall asleep @2-3. I would get about 3 1/2 hrs of sleep and go to the dojo. I don't have to say how exhausting that is. So I took about a year off, sitting home reading and searching the web to get my Aikido fix just wasn't cutting it. I decided to start training again.
As I stated before I had doubts of switching styles, I thought about my previous experiences as well as the principals, and "softness" of the Kokikai style. I feel that the new dojo will be a better fit for me who are also doing cross traing with serious Jiu-Jitsu artists. I guess that appeals to me just like it would any other guy. Maybe it's my alpha male trait coming out trying to be the badest Aikidoka ever or maybe I am not lying to myself, and I do truely believe that I want to be able to defend myself while taking care of my attacker. Maybe it's a little of both or maybe something totally different.