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Old 02-21-2006, 01:45 AM   #1
Wissam J. Faraj
 
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New Shodans in IRAQ.

Hello every Aikidoka..

I'm pleased to report there three members of I.A.O (Iraqi Aikido Organization) got Shodan Aikikai. They got it after long time of waiting and hard work.

The exam was in Aikido seminar in AMMAN 9-11 Feb with (Martufi Franco) sensei 5th Dan Aikikai.

Those members is..
1. Saad D. Salman, started aikido at 1995.
2. Bashar K. Ahmed, started aikido at 1997.
3. Essam M. Rahim, started aikido at 1999.

So we have to say them congratulations.

Regards
Wissam J. Faraj
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Old 02-21-2006, 01:48 AM   #2
Neil Mick
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Re: New Shodans in IRAQ.

Dear Wissam Sensei,

This is excellent news. Congratulations!

Do you have any photos? Perhaps you could post them here, in the aikiweb gallery?
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Old 02-21-2006, 04:55 AM   #3
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Re: New Shodans in IRAQ.

Congratulations guys :-)
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Old 02-21-2006, 05:43 AM   #4
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Re: New Shodans in IRAQ.

Well done chaps, I hope you can all help spread the benefits of aikido.

Success is having what you want. Happiness is wanting what you have.
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Old 02-21-2006, 07:35 AM   #5
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Re: New Shodans in IRAQ.

Great stuff! Keep up the good work

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Old 02-21-2006, 07:42 AM   #6
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Re: New Shodans in IRAQ.

Congratulations also from Germany

Have good fights (on the mat) for peace and harmony


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Old 02-21-2006, 08:14 AM   #7
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Re: New Shodans in IRAQ.

ALF-- MABROOK, from Sterling heights Michigan Dojo.


Fanar Faraj Danial.

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Old 02-21-2006, 11:28 AM   #8
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Re: New Shodans in IRAQ.

Quote:
Wissam Faraj wrote:
I'm pleased to report there three members of I.A.O (Iraqi Aikido Organization) got Shodan Aikikai. They got it after long time of waiting and hard work.

The exam was in Aikido seminar in AMMAN 9-11 Feb with (Martufi Franco) sensei 5th Dan Aikikai.

Those members is..
1. Saad D. Salman, started aikido at 1995.
2. Bashar K. Ahmed, started aikido at 1997.
3. Essam M. Rahim, started aikido at 1999.

So we have to say them congratulations.
Wissam,

Mabrook!

I hope to meet and train with you and your fellow students someday.

Sincerely,

Tarik

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Old 02-21-2006, 11:52 AM   #9
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Re: New Shodans in IRAQ.

Congratulations. Hopefully, the message of aikido as a way of harmony and peace will spread throughout your country and others experiencing turmoil and terrorism.
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Old 02-21-2006, 06:28 PM   #10
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Re: New Shodans in IRAQ.

Congratulations, as a US serviceman who spent a some time in your country, I can appreciate and respect the sacrifice that you have made in even being able to train. I especially look forward to returning to a prosperous Iraq, where I am sure we will train together. Imshala.

Dan Hover

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