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!)
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
Iai: The Art of Drawing the Sword
by Darrel Craig
The Eagle's Shadow: Why America Fascinates and Infuriates the World
by Mark Hertsgaard