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Old 03-14-2021, 04:22 AM   #1
pekka
Dojo: Awase / Helsinki
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Greetings from Finland

Hello Aikidokas, I am Pekka and I am happy to join this forum as an Aikido re-starter.

I started Aikido in 1990 in Kimusubi, Helsinki and then moved to Munich where I trained at Aikido Schule Heinz Patt. After moving back to Helsinki in 1993 I joined my current Dojo Awase Helsinki. After some years of training I had almost 20 years pause of not doing any Aikido...

Then Harri Rautila received his 7th Dan and Shihan and there was a "celebration training" for it and I decided to join that training. Luckily my gi and hakama still fit me and there I was - almost 60 years old and doing Aikido again.

That training made me to remember how great art Aikido is and after getting some pep talks from my two senseis: Harri Rautila and Markku Kuusinen (6th dan) I decided to start again. There were only couple of fellow trainers left from late nineties in my club - and obviously all of them had higher Dan ranks So what did I do: I put all in. I started to train 3-4 times a week, most times two training sessions (one for beginners and one for advanced). I had to contact Finnish Aikido to check my rank - I was not sure if it was 3 or 2 kuy. It turned to be 3 and later I found my notes about my preparations for 2nd kuy back in nineties.

Before corona hit us, I managed to have 1+ year of really focused training and I did my 2nd and 1st kuy tests. My great plan was to have my shodan test this spring, just before I turn 60... but Corona has now severely affected my plans - I hope to take them later this year.

I have now trained a lot, read a lot and (now this is different from late nineties) watched also lots of videos. I even made a YouTube playlist for 1Kuy tests from great videos of François PICHEREAU (https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL...h2TjJX-GES8RR).

I am very happy to be back in Aikido and really happy to join this forum.

And message to all of you who have had a long pause in training and are hesitant to start again: Just do it - your body remembers more than you think. You will be soon back in track and age is not a problem - it just gives you more focus !

Cheers,
Pekka
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Old 03-29-2021, 08:47 AM   #2
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Re: Greetings from Finland

Hi Pekka,

Welcome to AikiWeb and thank you for your introduction.

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Old 05-27-2021, 10:44 AM   #3
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Hello Pekka! Thank you for introduction. I am exactly one of those who had a long pause in training but I am trying to come back to it. At one point of my life I was thinking of getting Munich property and moving there with family but than I changed my plans due to work opportunity in my country.
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Old 06-30-2021, 04:17 PM   #4
Setok
Dojo: Ryushinkan / Rajamäki (+ occasionally Machikara, Helsinki & lots of other visits)
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Re: Greetings from Finland

Hey Pekka, great to have another Finn here. I’ve been to Awase a couple times and even managed to get a couple friends to start there, just before Corona hit and all that stopped.

Perhaps I could pop into Awase again to visit and say hi to you. I remember them having pretty solid technique, but I was never sure if they liked having a ronin like me pop in
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Old 07-01-2021, 05:14 AM   #5
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Welcome.

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