I started aikido after I picked up a collge kid off the street who had been beaten up for laughs. I'm small so i went for the using te opponents force idea and I had read this book which made aikido sound totally awesome (The Bone People). I chose the dojo I started at because it had a really cool atmosphere.
I kept it up after I realised I wasn't going to become a supa dupa bare handed killer because I loved it - the flow, the feeling of ecstasy after a great lesson. And cause I'm totally obsessive.