Re: When did you start training in Aikido ?
I started the "first time" when I was 8 years old. My sensei had to move so his dojo closed down a couple of years later, so I went off to kick-punch hard styles to keep the teenager testosterone a place to vent, along with team sports and girl chasing.
Came back to aikido at 30 and have been doing it solidly for the past 15 years, but that's sort of a misnomer, since I was doing aikido's evil nephew, Hapkido, for the preceding 15 years. If you drop the hard-striking aspects of the hapkido, the joint manipulation stuff is very aiki if you "want" it to be.... so, I'd say that, when I've done it the "soft way" I was doing aikido, eh?