Hi. When I registered, it was suggested I come here and introduce myself to everyone. Seems like a polite thing to do.
My name's Brent Oliver, but everyone calls me Purple due to the massive purple mohawk I sported in college. Granted, that was fourteen years ago, and most of the people I know didn't know me then, but it stuck.
I live in Lexington, KY, and train in the neighboring town of Winchester. My dojo is Bluegrass Budokai. I trained with my sensei for a year, then quit for three. I've just recently gotten reinvolved with aikido, and judo as well. We train in very practical aiki, very applicable to street-level situations. In judo, too, we're concerned with defense and not sport or competition.
I'm a practicing Zen Buddhist, and the philosophy of aikido meshes well with that. I considered many other martial arts: karate-do, shaolin, kempo, juijutsu, but none of them seemed to offer the self-awareness and compassion found in aikido.
I'm sure you'll see me around. I don't really hang out with any of the folks I train with and none of my friends are into it. I'm always interested in other people's experiences with aikido, though, and I'll probably ask a lot of questions.
There you have it. See you later.