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Old 08-09-2006, 12:52 PM   #1
Nich Sanctis
Dojo: Yellow Springs
Location: Wilmington
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 7
Aikido Sensei and Me

Oh boy! What a miraculous idea to introduce myself, Aye?

Anywho, I've always been intrigued by Aikido. Watching such great movies like Remo Williams: The Adventure begins, the Seagal contributions, and probably the most spiritual of them all: (forgive me please!) American Samurai.

As the information in my profile states, I practice out of Yellow Springs Aikido under Michael McVey Sensei. He is very patient and knowledgeable (somewhat of an understatement). The first day I came with my application from the webby, (www.ysaohio.com) ready to be turned in. I didn't need much influencing, but I was lucky to come during the testing sessions, and I was impressed with Sensei's people skills and his attitude toward training.

BOY! I certaintly was hooked from the moment my feet touched the mats. Sensei made it so easy to transition from Hsing-I Kung Fu to aikido. It's especially interesting and nostalgic to watch him teach the younger classes... to put it a different way, no emoticons represent the feeling.

As I hinted I come from a previous martial arts experience. I've either read up on or dabbled in: Wushu; pa kua, tai chi, hsing-i, song moo kwan tae kwon do, muai tai, and I've read books on Aikido since my earlier years.

Last to be mentioned, but not forgotten is my rank. I'm currently training for 6th kyu. I'm not quite ready but my fellow students have faith in me.

Well, it's nice to have a community of knowledge at my fingertips! Thanks for the opportunity aikiweb. I am always looking for new books to read. I've currently been through a few of the books my dojo library has to offer. If anyone can reccomend me another book that interests you (unlimited options!) please do!

To read:
Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere: An Illustrated Introduction by Adele Westbrook and Oscar Ratti
Devil's Game: How the United States Helped Unleash Fundemental Islam by Robert Dreyfuss
Currently reading:
Iai: The Art of Drawing the Sword by Darrel Craig
The Eagle's Shadow: Why America Fascinates and Infuriates the World by Mark Hertsgaard
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Old 08-09-2006, 12:54 PM   #2
Nich Sanctis
Dojo: Yellow Springs
Location: Wilmington
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 7
Re: Aikido Sensei and Me

Oh! How could I have forgotten? I've also been playing lacrosse for seven years. It's my single most greatest passion next to aikido. I could have longer discussion on lacrosse then any other topic of interest. Feel free to start a conversation with me!
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Old 08-09-2006, 01:52 PM   #3
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Re: Aikido Sensei and Me

Hi Nicholas,

Thank you for your introduction and welcome to AikiWeb.

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