... tomorrow the world!
Onegaishimasu, all you lovely people at AikiWeb! I've been reading the forums on and off for the past couple of years, and thought it was time to join, so that I can finally talk to someone who won't give me a blank look when I try to explain how cool the training was today.
I started aikido two years ago in Dublin, Ireland, with Cyril Lagrasta (whose dojo's new website was discussed
in this thread
not so long ago - so that's how I know that at least Guillaume Erard is here *waves*).
From the beginning I felt that aikido fit perfectly with me, both on the physical and philosophical level. I also tried karate, but couldn't muster the kind of aggressive energy that is needed to hit or kick someone. But with aikido, everything was just... flowing (except, of course, the frequent beginner confusion about which hand goes where first, which foot steps in which direction, how do I NOT whack myself on the head with a jo, and other minor obstacles).
Last year I moved to Washington, DC, and after several months settling in the new city, I joined the Okinawa Aikikai dojo of Michael Veltri Sensei - who also, I've seen, has some friends here in the forums. So it's all in the family.
I've read some very good discussions here, and I'm hoping to be able to participate in many more to come