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Old 12-16-2006, 11:25 AM   #1
Eddie Heinzelman
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Dojo: Atemi-Ryu Jujitsu/Chendokan Aikido
Location: Spring Hill, TN
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 23
Hello from Tennessee

Hello everyone. After all the years of saying I wanted to study Aikido, I finally am...even if it was a little roundabout way to get there.
I recently enrolled my children for a free month of Yoshukai karate, and there was a genteman who wasn't part of the dojo who came in to work out with the sensei and also teach a few classes. He is a 4th Dan Aikido and 2nd degree black belt in Jujitzu.

Turns out the Yoshukai sensei was going to close the dojo and Sensei Cassidy has taken over the dojo and now teaches Aikido and Jujitzu. My children are enjoying Jujitzu more than the karate, and I couldn't be happier to begin my long overdue Aikido journey.

All the best,
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Old 12-16-2006, 06:12 PM   #2
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Location: Cheyenne, Wy
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Re: Hello from Tennessee

Welcome Eddie,

I started aikido when I was 4 years old and I enjoyed it immensly, and now my 5 year old is in a freestyle karate class that teaches jujitsu and he loves it too.
If I can ask, why aikido?

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Old 12-17-2006, 09:35 PM   #3
Eddie Heinzelman
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Dojo: Atemi-Ryu Jujitsu/Chendokan Aikido
Location: Spring Hill, TN
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Posts: 23
Re: Hello from Tennessee

In a nutshell, the spiritual and practical elements embodied by Aikido are what draw me to the art. I consider myself a compassionate and peaceful person, but I also believe that a person has to be prepared. I'm a professional songwriter/musician and several years ago, an acquaintance of mine was killed in Cincinnati as he was leaving a club after a performance. I feel safe in Nashville, but I'm sure my friend felt safe that night probably, too.

In general, I have a lot of "irons in the fire" (as my dad always says) so I never really felt like I had time to pursue some things I've always wanted to do, like Aikido. Having the kids involved has spurred me as well, and although, like I said, I was originally joining the karate classes, I'm very happy the opportunity shifted to Aikido since it is what I've longed to study for years.

With my kids expressing interest, I felt like my doing it at the same time would help them practice, and so far it has. My daughter's Jujitzu class is at 5:00 and my Aikido at 7:00 - she likes to stay around to watch me in the Aikido class. Then when we get home, we practice techniques on each other that we learn each night. And Cassidy sensei teaches Jujitzu with an "Aikido approach" as far as movement, etc. I'm very impressed by his approach and his friendship.

It's been a wonderful experience and I just wish I would have started sooner.

Thanks Michael!!

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