Hows it going??
My name is gerald rhoades and i live in Monterrey, Mexico. (that intro sounds a little elementary schoolish...lol..sorry)
I was born here but i grew up in Memphis TN, USA. I lived there until i finished highschool and then i came to monterrey to study medical school. I am currently 26 and in my 6th and final year. i will, however, have to do a 1 year internship to get my MD afterwards, and then i will be able to head back to the states to do my Residency in Neurology.
I have always had a great interest in Martial arts since childhood. Me and my best friend both. But we werent able to actually study any due to our parents. I always had a preference for grappling because it just felt more natural to me than striking. And when i came to mexico i really never had time due to medschool. But now that im at the end of it, i dont study as hard as i used to , because now its more of a review usually. so now i have time to get into martial arts again. My first choice was aikido. I always wanted to get into aikido, and i bought a book, Aikido and the dynamic sphere. I read most of it, and decided i would get into boxing first to learn more about the attacks i would need to to defend against and ended up really enjoying it, and also its the best workout ive ever had (way better than soccer...) But about 4 months ago i was in memphis with my old friend (the same one who also wanted to do martial arts) and he told me he found a place close to his house that has always existed that teaches Judo for free. you just pay 5 bucks a month for maintenance..( wish we would have known aobu that before dammit..lol) anyway i really loved the ground work they would do, so i ended up getting into BJJ over here in Mexico. I really like it, and have been in it for 2 months. But i really want to start aikido. Its what ive always wanted. BAd thing is, that a couple of weeks ago during BJJ training i got an Intervertebral Disc Hernia at L4-L5. So i have to wait a few months now before i can start aikido. I plan to stay in BJJ though, and im still going to try to box whenever i can to stay in shape.
I cant wait till i can start. Ive been reading through this website, looking at aikido clips, and reading my book again. Im really excited about it.
Anyway, thanks for letting me be on here. Hope to hear from some people soon..