My name is Daniel - i started Aikido halfway through last year and have since obtained 6th Kyu. I would be looking at grading for 5th if my hours had not suffered over this semester of university due to awkward hours. Hopefully i can get lots of training in with my new timetable over the next semester and grade for 5th later this year.
Despite only being able to get to one or two classes a week (and no weapons unfortunately) my interest has remained strong and im pretty sure i think about Aikido more than i should.
I train at Saku Shin Kan Aikikai Dojo in Newcastle under Sensei Darius Wingate-Pearse (Nindan So Hombu) who trained under Sensei Colin Hackett and Sensei Chiba-san for some time i believe.
I have been reading on tis site for a little while and decided i would like to get more involved with such an active community. I am primarily interested in Aikido (duh), japan and japanese language and martial arts in more general terms (i am pretty interested JiuJitsu and Judo) i think i just want to learn more about Budo.
Anyway hello and sorry for the long intro.