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Old 09-07-2006, 07:23 PM   #1
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Hello to all of you. I'm Eric, a 19-year-old college student at the University of Iowa. My area of study is computer science. I enjoy playing guitar, playing video games, listening to music, swimming, etc.

Over the summer I began searching for a martial art to practice, hoping to keep myself physically fit. However, I didn't want to learn an art that was good only for hurting people. I looked at Tae Kwon Do, Capoeira, Hapkido, and Jujutsu, but nothing seemed to fit. Then I found Aikido.

I attended the fall demonstration for the club and any doubts I had at the time were erased. It seemed that through training in Aikido and understanding its principles I could start to fill in some of the gaps in my life. The first couple of lessons have been tough, but I enjoy every minute of them. I'm not expecting immediate results either. I'm in this for the long run.

Thanks for listening to my boring story. Hope to see you around.

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Old 09-07-2006, 07:38 PM   #2
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Re: College student looking for a new path

Hi Eric,

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Old 09-07-2006, 10:10 PM   #3
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What's up Eric!


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Old 09-08-2006, 09:13 AM   #4
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Re: College student looking for a new path

You should enjoy the training a UoI. I believe the club there is run under a student of Abe Sensei. Welcome to the board.

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Old 09-08-2006, 10:11 AM   #5
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Re: College student looking for a new path

Hey Eric,
I wish I was lucky as you and found Aikido at a younger age. Good luck on your training and just relax. Welcome aboard.

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Old 09-08-2006, 10:33 AM   #6
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Good to have you aboard.

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Old 09-08-2006, 05:47 PM   #7
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Re: College student looking for a new path



I'm glad so many of you replied. Thanks!

Ron, are you referring to Diana Harris sensei? Abe sensei did a seminar here in 2005, so it's quite possible that she or one of the other instructors is a former student, but I'm not sure who.

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Old 09-08-2006, 06:11 PM   #8
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Welcome Eric. I started in a university club as well, and it has been a very happy road for many years. Good luck with your training,

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Old 09-11-2006, 04:14 AM   #9
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Welcome and yup! University Rulez!
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Old 09-11-2006, 06:11 AM   #10
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I can't remember the gentleman's name, but it was a male student. The 2005 seminar is the one I attended.

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Old 09-11-2006, 06:35 AM   #11
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Great stuff Eric. However I would also say that striking IS a part of aikido, and the more experience I have the more I realise the similarities rather than the differences between all martial arts (at least at higher levels). However, I think the training method in aikido is fantastic.

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Old 09-12-2006, 02:57 AM   #12
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Heh, thanks.

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