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One of the things that drew me towards Aikido and Japanese culture in general is the tradition. I am very much a traditionalist in more than a few aspects of my life. Some things I think should just not be toyed with. I mean could you imagine walking into dojo not bowing, leaving your shoes on etc.. Besides being proper etiquette all those things are tradition. Here in the U.S. we have Thanksgiving and it is tradition to have the biggest turkey you can find with stuffing,cranberry sauce and other seasonal delights. We don't mess with that. We sit and watch football, stuff our faces and then pass out into a food coma.
My point to this ramble is what is going on in the world today? Every where I look it's unisex this metro sexual that. What happened to the man's man? All of a sudden everywhere I look I see guys in pink shirts, drinking a designer coffee talking about how they have to go tanning then to the salon (yes the salon) to get they're haircut. What happened to regular coffee, being in the sun and going to the barber? It doesn't stop there. Today I have to (against my will) go to a wedding shower! No your eyes do not deceive you, a wedding shower! Where am I? Did I go to sleep and wake up in a queer eye show? Now having said all that I guess I myself am turning into what I despise the most. If I was a man's man I would do my best Jackie Gleason put my foot down and say I'm not goin! But hey, if I have to go maybe we can stop at Starbucks on the way
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.