Thanks for everyone's comments. Philip and Chris, you have that budo DNA too. Diana thanks for that interesting background on your family and your brother's and your father's sports history.
I know a few people who came to aikido via judo. That might be something to discuss in another thread.
Count me in as judoka turned aikidoka. cheers, Joe.
Ps I have been approached by a local judo dojo recently to run a course for them , so maybe the wheel turns full cicle?