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Old 02-26-2005, 02:42 AM   #1
estel
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Training in other MA after aikido

Gday

I've only just taken up Aikido (my first martial art) and I'm enjoying it greatly after a few lessons. I originally chose Aikido because of its softer style and strong philosophical element.

However, I'm thinking of moving in around 12 months (to go to another university) and have more options for taking different martial arts (options here are very limited).
Down there, I can continue with my current style (Aikido Yuishinkai), take a different Aikido style (Aikikai or Yoshinkai), take Aikido and Iaido or take a new art altogether - Tae Kwon Do, Karate, Judo, Kendo, Tai Chi or Wing Chun.

I would love to continue Aikido, but it would mean a fair bit of travel in an unfamiliar city, and/or possibly changing styles (would this mean starting again from a lower kyu?). The benefits of taking a new art (aside from Iai) are that they are all affiliated with the uni, so meaning little/no travel.
What are your opinions? Is it worth starting a new art after only a year of Aikido, or should I stick with Aikido, but lose convenience?
If I hange arts/styles, which is the best in your opinions?

Thanks for any advice offered
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Old 02-26-2005, 03:18 AM   #2
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Re: Training in other MA after aikido

Try whatever is closest - a year is nothing but a taste.

After a bit of experimentation you might find that Aikido is really what you want or not.

Budo is really about finding what suits you. I hopped around for years until I found what I was really after and am better at my chosen art because of it.

Peter Rehse Shodokan Aikido
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Old 02-26-2005, 03:50 AM   #3
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Re: Training in other MA after aikido

Hi Chris,

Where are you moving to from Rocky?

Ignatius
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Old 02-27-2005, 02:44 AM   #4
estel
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Re: Training in other MA after aikido

At the moment, I'm thinking of going to Adelaide, to go to Adelaide uni.
There's an Aikikai dojo at Flinders uni, and there are Yuishinkai and Yoshinkai dojoo in Adelaide.
Adelaide uni only has the MA I mentioned as being affiliated in the first post.
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Old 02-27-2005, 03:36 AM   #5
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Re: Training in other MA after aikido

Hi Chris,

If you go to http://www.aikidokenkyukai.com/oznetwork.html, you'll find an Adelaide contact (Dave Dempsey) for our group. You are most welcome to join in at your current belt level. Our group is affiliated to Aikido Kenkyukai International, under Shihan Y.Takeda 7th dan.

Regards,

Ignatius
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