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Old 02-26-2006, 08:58 AM   #1
Shane Serafin
Dojo: USNA Aikido
Location: Annapolis, MD
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 1
Good morning!

Hello, everyone.
My name is Shane Serafin, and I have been lurking for a week. I have enjoyed reading your discussions and different philosohpies on aikido, and it has really started me thinking about my own.
I am a student at a small public college in Maryland, and I have been practicing aikido as a member of the Navy Aikido club, under George Meyer-sensei, off and on for the past two years. I was introduced to it through a MMA(American MooDukKwan, now American Butokukan) I studied back in my hometown. I am also a member of the karate-do team here, I have boxed and wrestled, western-style, in the past, and I am enrolled in my school's combatives courses as well. The different styles complement each other, but it seems for me aikido is the framework into which I fit them.

Thank you all for your time.

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Old 02-27-2006, 06:08 AM   #2
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Location: Orlando, FL
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Re: Good morning!

I felt the same way when I started Aikido. It explained many concepts that I encountered, but never really understood, in other arts. Welcome aboard.
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Old 02-27-2006, 01:51 PM   #3
Michael O'Brien
Dojo: Nashville Aikikai
Location: Nashville, Tn
Join Date: Jan 2006
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Re: Good morning!

Hey Shane,

Welcome from Nashville, TN.

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Old 02-28-2006, 06:47 AM   #4
Location: Colorado
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Re: Good morning!

Welcome! Isn't it interesting how cerebral Aikido is. I also study TaeKwonDo, but I don't go around thinking about it like I do Aikido.
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Old 02-28-2006, 11:24 AM   #5
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Re: Good morning!

I think about it alot, but I aspire to NOT think about it...and just DO it.
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Old 02-28-2006, 11:26 AM   #6
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Dojo: Ft. Myers School of Aikido
Location: Ft. Myers, FL.
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Re: Good morning!

Welcome, Shane.

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