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Old 07-11-2006, 08:51 PM   #1
Location: Chicago
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 1
Just saying hi

Hi All,

My name is Allen Turner and I'm new to Aikido. I'm learning/training along with my wife and daughters here in Chicago with Hawk Durham. I've only been doing this since January but am enjoying it and the local community immensely. I discovered Aikiweb and have been lurking and reading and figured I should probably stand up and be counted for a second. So, a happy hello to you all.

As far as interests go I'm a bit interested in a little of everything, though most of my hobbies revolve around games and art. I'm a game designer by trade (if anyone has ever played a game called Stubbs the Zombie I'm one of the designers on on that). I'm a student of folklore and mythology and used to be a moderately active storyteller here in the Chicago area.

I'm not new to martial arts. In college I practiced Taijiquan (without any combat applications however). I've also dabbled in Escrima, kick boxing, and Capoeria (Abgola and Regionale). I never really got good enough with any of those to be much of a threat to anything but myself, but it was good exercise.

Big lifestyle changes due to health and work issues (I'm an extreme asthmatic and have been having ongoing breathing issues) distracted me from all of that for a about 6 years and I find myself drawn to Aikido mainly as a way of bringing wholebody health back into the life of myself and my family. My body has lost a lot of the stamina it used to have and I just can't do all that crazy "crush you/kill you" stuff any more.

I guess that's all I really have to say. I've got a billion questions but I think I'll be quiet for a while yet as I soak up more info.

-Allen T.
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Old 07-11-2006, 11:21 PM   #2
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Join Date: Jun 2000
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Re: Just saying hi

Hi Allen,

Welcome to AikiWeb and thank you for your introduction.

-- Jun

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Old 07-14-2006, 08:10 AM   #3
Dojo: Durham, White Rose
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 21
Re: Just saying hi

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Old 07-14-2006, 08:43 AM   #4
Mark Uttech
Dojo: Yoshin-ji Aikido of Marshall
Location: Wisconsin
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 1,224
Re: Just saying hi

Welcome Allen, and please extend a hello from me to Hawk Durham. Aikido training/study is a real journey, it twists and turns and has its share of surprises. In gassho.
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Old 07-14-2006, 09:32 AM   #5
Lan Powers
Dojo: Aikido of Midland, Midland TX
Location: Midland Tx
Join Date: Oct 2002
Posts: 660
Re: Just saying hi

Hello from Texas.........welcome to Jun's site from a fellow student.

Play nice, practice hard, but remember, this is a MARTIAL art!
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Old 07-14-2006, 12:32 PM   #6
Location: Chicago, IL
Join Date: Jun 2000
Posts: 432
Re: Just saying hi


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Old 07-14-2006, 02:31 PM   #7
Jess McDonald
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 86
Re: Just saying hi

What up Allen! Welcome! Don't get too crazy with the roll drills; that always seems to take my breath away.
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