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Old 12-23-2009, 06:02 AM   #101
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I'm 28 and have no prior martial arts experience. After doing some research, I found Aikido the most attractive MA because it appears to be challenging and promotes a general philosophy I agree with. Now I'm just wondering how older beginners generally fare in class. Do you have to start when your five years old to develop the "right stuff" for MA?
I started Judo at the age of 6 and various martial arts b`coz im a Filipino I also need to learn our native martial arts i.g. knife fighting & Kali and started Aikido when I was 12 till to day Im 26 still practice the art and established my Dojo 4 yrs. ago.

speaking of (MA) Mastering the art It depends on how sincere an individual is in its degree of learning. IMHO there is a long way to go in Mastering the martial Art Aikido. and lots of way in Mastering it.

(e.g. youtube)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTIre...eature=related http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qH309YwzxsY http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3Jjciss6jA


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Old 12-23-2009, 06:22 AM   #102
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I46oW...eature=related
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Old 02-19-2010, 04:12 PM   #103
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Re: How old were you when you began...

I started last year at age 48. I must be one of the older ones.
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Old 02-19-2010, 07:56 PM   #104
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Re: How old were you when you began...

started at age 28, 11 years later it was one of the best decisions I ever made, has saved my life (and that of others) numerous times both physically and mentally

"of all the things I've lost, I ,miss my mind the most..."-mushin-
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Old 02-19-2010, 09:47 PM   #105
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I'm 28 and have no prior martial arts experience. After doing some research, I found Aikido the most attractive MA because it appears to be challenging and promotes a general philosophy I agree with. Now I'm just wondering how older beginners generally fare in class. Do you have to start when your five years old to develop the "right stuff" for MA?
Not at all! 28 is still a ripe young age to begin the journey. MANY have begun their studies at a much older age in the arts. Aikido is even more age forgiving as it is not based on strength or size. Once you learn how to take Ukemi, you are all set.

I started the martial arts when I was 20...
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Old 02-20-2010, 01:40 PM   #106
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I started Aikido when I was 6. I am 19 now, and I practiced Aikikai all this time with about a year of Yoshinkan in 2000-2001
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Old 02-23-2010, 10:47 AM   #107
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I began when I was 7 and I am now 63 and have enjoyed every minute of aikido.
Wow! That's impressive!
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Old 02-23-2010, 03:18 PM   #108
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Wow! That's impressive!
and how old were Y0U when you started?

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Old 02-23-2010, 04:17 PM   #109
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and how old were Y0U when you started?
18 or 19. Young and full of hopes thank you for asking! how about you?
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Old 02-23-2010, 04:21 PM   #110
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18 or 19. Young and full of hopes thank you for asking! how about you?
27 :P of course

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Old 02-23-2010, 04:59 PM   #111
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Just started at 41, and lovin' it
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Old 03-12-2010, 03:56 AM   #112
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Re: How old were you when you began...

Started at 6, until I was 11, then I stopped...
Now I'm 26 and re-started again with a transparant belt
Got to get my white one back again.. forgot lots of the basics and techniques.

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Old 03-29-2010, 11:12 AM   #113
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Just started, age 45
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Old 03-30-2010, 10:30 AM   #114
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Re: How old were you when you began...

Started training at 40.

(About 9 years after this thread began!)
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Old 03-31-2010, 06:04 AM   #115
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Re: How old were you when you began...

Trained for about 6 months when I was 20 or 21. Started training again last year, aged 30...

"Foster and polish the warrior spirit, while serving in the world; illuminate the path according to your inner light."
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Old 03-31-2010, 03:59 PM   #116
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I started when I was 17. I'm 37 this month. I love doing Aikido as much now as I did then.

It's just so much flip'n fun.

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Old 05-11-2010, 04:08 PM   #117
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Just started, 49.

I'm only the piano player
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Old 07-02-2011, 10:38 AM   #118
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Re: How old were you when you began...

Started a couple of weeks ago....58
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Old 07-02-2011, 12:17 PM   #119
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Re: How old were you when you began...

Good questions always appear again, like perennial flowers in the spring and summer! Nice to see the "new faces".....

sorry about the poetic similes and metaphors... I think I will ask my husband for a nice nikyo so I will stop daydreaming.

Oh yes, about 22, I had a couple of years of judo at college and the teacher's cousin who was teaching downtown where Linda, a friend of mine and I also attended taught about three months of Aikido before we graduated. In November, of that year found dojo in NY, stayed for about seven years, stayed in Japan for a year and a half after a three week tour, came home to CT and the local Y's new building were looking for new classes.... taught there for almost eight years.... then complications set in, job change, non training related knee injury, marriage etc. (Met my husband at the Y in 1980)

Did a little practice since 1980's but not much. We're trying to get back into it now, at 67 (me) and 55 (him). This thread has a good subtopic -- when you started and when you restarted
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Old 07-02-2011, 02:14 PM   #120
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I started with almost 47, and it was just the right moment!
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Old 07-04-2011, 05:57 AM   #121
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Re: How old were you when you began...

I started when I was 15 and for me that was great - old enough not to be distracted by puberty (as I was probably already in the middle of it when I decided to start... ), still young enogh to enjoy the fun of youth training...
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Old 03-14-2012, 11:52 PM   #122
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I began at 19, learnt for a year then stopped due to studies. Then I started learning 10 years later.
I've learnt for about one year now and am enjoying it

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Old 03-15-2012, 12:16 AM   #123
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Hi, I trained from age 5 to 9, then age 18 to present (27).
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Old 03-15-2012, 05:47 PM   #124
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Started at 19 and I'm about to turn 31. Over that time I've trained in 4 styles at 5 dojos in 2 countries. With that in mind, I should probably be better than I am.
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Old 03-15-2012, 06:55 PM   #125
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20 years ago when I were only 26. One of these days I'll get it right.

3 teachers all of different lineage only adds to my confusion.

"In my opinion, the time of spreading aikido to the world is finished; now we have to focus on quality." Yamada Yoshimitsu

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