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Old 04-28-2005, 08:06 AM   #1
Sheryl Williams
Dojo: Cambridge Ki
Location: Cambridge, Ontario
Join Date: Apr 2005
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My name is Sheryl, and I have just recently joined Aikido, any information that anyone would like to give me, would be very very helpful. Like which books to buy, exercises that i may do at home. Learning Japanese signs and phrases. Like I said anything i would appreciate. I came across Aikido, believe it or not from reading on Steven Segal Bio. I started to watch different shows on Martial Arts, and I found Aikido to fit my lifestyle the best. I love the mental aspects of it, along with the spiritual, and of course the physical. It is an all around great art to learn.

Thank you
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Old 04-28-2005, 08:15 AM   #2
Jorge Garcia
Dojo: Shudokan School of Aikido
Location: Houston
Join Date: Jun 2001
Posts: 608
Re: Just recently joined Aikido

I suggest you consult this website. It has lots of good information as well as a website like Aikidofaq.com . At this stage, technique books about Aikido wouldn't do you much good but reading story type books like "Remembering O Sensei" or biographies like "Invincible Warrior" could make for interesting reading. Welcome to Aikido!
Best wishes,

"It is the philosophy that gives meaning to the method of training."
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Old 04-28-2005, 10:46 AM   #3
James Davis
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Dojo: Ft. Myers School of Aikido
Location: Ft. Myers, FL.
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 716
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Hi, Sheryl. "Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere" by Adele Westbrook and Oscar Ratti is a really nice all around Aikido book. I also agree with Jorge that "Invincible Warrior" is a great read. As for practicing at home, try sitting in seiza as much as possible. Many beginning students find it uncomfortable, so it's good to get used to it if you can. Stretching your wrists is a good idea, too. Have fun!
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Old 04-28-2005, 10:48 AM   #4
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Re: Just recently joined Aikido

Hi Sheryl,

Try doing some searches here in the Forums; you'll often find a lot of good information tucked away.

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Old 04-28-2005, 08:33 PM   #5
Charles Hill
Dojo: Numazu Aikikai/Aikikai Honbu Dojo
Location: Three Lakes WI/ Mishima Japan
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 837
Re: Just recently joined Aikido

Hi Sheryl,

I recommend the Aikidojournal.com website as well as this one. You can learn a lot about the history of the art there.

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Old 05-01-2005, 10:09 PM   #6
Dojo: Finger Lakes Aikido
Location: Cortland, NY
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 980
Re: Just recently joined Aikido

Hi, Sheryl,

Welcome to Aikiweb! Hope you like it here.

As to what you can practice on your own, I'd recommend the aiki taiso wrist stretches which come directly from the techniques. Some simple footwork drills if you have the space. That should be enough for now.

As to books, me, I'd just go to Chapters and browse in the martial arts section. Find something on Aikido and buy it.

Have fun!
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