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J Yakura 08-19-2006 04:11 PM

Returning to Aikido
 
Hello all!

My name is Jay Yakura. This fall I returned to Aikido after almost 20 years of being away (with a couple short failing tries to get back). Twenty years ago, for a couple years, I was in a YMCA group that practiced Tomiki Aikido . My new dojo is different, perhaps more spiritual, but still wonderful in different ways.

I think I had forgotten that the best thing about Aikido is the kind of people you meet! It's great to be back!

JY

Princess Rose 08-19-2006 09:50 PM

Re: Returning to Aikido
 
Woot it is good to hear of someone returning after that long. I bet it feels great! I really know how you feel the people are so great!

Nich Sanctis 08-23-2006 12:08 PM

Re: Returning to Aikido
 
I can't even begin to imagine the rush of adrenaline coming after an extended absence. Zen, very zen.

akiy 08-25-2006 07:36 AM

Re: Returning to Aikido
 
Hi James,

Welcome to AikiWeb and welcome back to aikido.

-- Jun

gregstec 08-25-2006 10:56 AM

Re: Returning to Aikido
 
Quote:

James P. Yakura wrote:
Hello all!

My name is Jay Yakura. This fall I returned to Aikido after almost 20 years of being away (with a couple short failing tries to get back)....
JY

Welcome back - I returned to Aikido about 2 1/2 years ago after a 25 year break. At first you might find yourself frustrated because your techniques just do not seem to work the way you remember them to. However, after awhile things will start to fall in place and click the way you remember them. Also, you may find that you do not bounce up off the mat as crisply as you did when you were 20 years younger - just take it easy and adjust your effort accordingly.


Good Luck

Greg Steckel

Mark Uttech 08-28-2006 01:37 PM

Re: Returning to Aikido
 
It is indeed a wonderful thing that we find ourselves returning, and that it is there to return to. Good luck, I hope you find a good fit with aikido and your every day life.

In gassho,
Mark


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