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Old 06-29-2006, 02:27 AM   #51
Mathew Cartwright
Location: St Helens
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 5
United Kingdom
Smile Re: Why Aikido?

Matthew Bowen wrote:
I looked up information on a wide variety of martial arts on the Internet in an attempt to find a new hobby that would be a benefit to me. I did not want training in a violent or competition-orientated art because I felt that competition would sway me from my personal goals, and that unrequired violence would interfere with the ethics that I live by, so the logical choice was Aikido.

I did some more research and found a dojo near my home and I started training. I was (and probably still am, but to a lesser degree) a fairly shy individual, but Aikido is rapidly helping me with confidence and other attributes of my life. The people at the club, especially the Sensei, were all very nice people and made me feel very welcome.

The Fates really have conspired in my favor. I now, by a complete twist of fate, live opposite my Sensei's home and I catch a lift in his car to each session.

Aikido has had such a positive impact on my life, and in the process of trying to finding a fun hobby, I've opened up the doorway to a whole realm I had no idea existed.
This is also my story aswell, pretty funny reading something written by someone else who shares your first name and has a very similar experience. (all except living across the road from sensei )
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Old 06-29-2006, 02:42 AM   #52
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Dojo: None at the moment - on hiatus
Join Date: May 2004
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Re: Why Aikido?

Why did I take up aikido?

I have hakama fetish...


SHOMEN-ATE (TM), the solution to 90% of aikido and life's problems.
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Old 06-29-2006, 08:29 AM   #53
Dojo: USA Martial Arts Center
Location: West Virginia
Join Date: Aug 2003
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Re: Why Aikido?

Because I wanted to squint my brow like Seagal and mean it....

Really, I saw a small guy throwing dudes around in Central Park one day while jogging, took my first class and was deeply impressed.
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