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Old 07-22-2017, 08:35 AM   #1
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Hello from Kansas! New Member

Greetings to all!

My name is Amber. I am very new to Aikido and this is my first posting on Aikiweb. I beg forgiveness in advance for any errors in etiquette that I may make. I know nothing. I am here to learn from you all.

As I do not yet know the norms and customs here, what do you want to know about me?

Non-Aikido stuff:
I live in Kansas on acreage with my husband of 22 years, 3 shelter dogs, 2 Arabian horses, and one evil mini pony. I'm one of those lifelong-horse-obsessed people. We are childfree by choice. I'm a non-combat Army veteran; my MOS was 91X Mental Health Tech. I'm a federal employee in a sub-type of dispute mediation. I'm also in a divorce and child custody mediation internship to in order to become a state-approved mediator.

Aikido-related stuff:
I am a very novice Aikido student at Miller's Shotkan Karate dojo in Kansas. I've taken two Aikido classes so far (classes are once a week). I'm the only newbie in the program. My Sensei and my fellow students are all kind, unfailingly patient, and welcoming.

I do not have any background or training in any of the martial arts. I've been studying yoga at home since 2007. I'm a very serious equestrian. I take lessons when I can afford it with a Centered Riding instructor (Alexander Method and Tai Chi-based horsemanship).

My biggest challenge in making any type of progress in Aikido or any other physical activity is that I am extremely uncoordinated, as in I almost got chaptered out of Army Basic Training (23 years ago!) due to lack of motor skills. It takes me 4-6 times as long as most people to learn any new movements. On the other hand, I never, ever give up and can quite happily spend years working on the most basic of movements.

I'm here to learn as much as I can. I would be very grateful for advice on home practice exercises.I live in a very rural location with only satellite internet, so I do not have access to YouTube or any other video tutorials. My Chromebook for whatever reason cannot download PDF files.

I'm thinking about asking my Sensei if it could be arranged for me to also take individual lessons with him or one of the advanced students between the weekly Aikido classes so I could focus on the many extra repetitions that I need for my body to make sense of anything new -would that be a weird or inappropriate thing to ask?

Thank you all for taking the time to read this rather lengthy post. Thank you for your forbearance.
Best,
Amber
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Old 07-22-2017, 03:47 PM   #2
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Re: Hello from Kansas! New Member

Welcome, Amber.

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Old 07-28-2017, 08:28 PM   #3
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Re: Hello from Kansas! New Member

Hi Amber,

Welcome to aikido, and aikiweb. If my Google-Fu is good, you are somewhere in the Salina area. It's an hour or so down the road, but if you want to find any more aikido, there is an aikido club at Kansas State (http://www.k-state.edu/aikido/). I grew up in Manhattan, but back then there was no aikido anywhere in the state.

Cheers,
Garth
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Old 07-29-2017, 12:18 AM   #4
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Re: Hello from Kansas! New Member

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Hi Amber,

Welcome to aikido, and aikiweb. If my Google-Fu is good, you are somewhere in the Salina area. It's an hour or so down the road, but if you want to find any more aikido, there is an aikido club at Kansas State (http://www.k-state.edu/aikido/). I grew up in Manhattan, but back then there was no aikido anywhere in the state.

Cheers,
Garth
There's aikido at K State now? My wife went to K State, but there was nothing there at the time. Good to hear.
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Old 07-29-2017, 08:28 PM   #5
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Yep. There's been aikido at K-State since the late 1990s. I visited one evening in the fall of 1999, if I remember correctly. I think there was another dojo in Manhattan for a little while, but it came and went.
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Old 07-29-2017, 10:05 PM   #6
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Yep. There's been aikido at K-State since the late 1990s. I visited one evening in the fall of 1999, if I remember correctly. I think there was another dojo in Manhattan for a little while, but it came and went.
Well, my wife was there after that. She probably just didn't know about it. She didn't start practicing until well after she graduated.
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