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Old 01-09-2007, 07:47 AM   #1
Stephen Eliasson
Dojo: Ridgeway Dojo
Location: Wisconsin
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 2
Hello from southwest Wisconsin

Hello, Everyone,

I am a beginning aikido student in Ridgeway, Wisconsin, under Kurt Lifka, sensei (sandan), whose teachers are Robin Cooper Sensei (6th dan) and John Stone Sensei (6th dan) at the Aikido of Madison dojo (John Stone is author of Aikido in America). This is all under the auspices of the Aikido Schools of Ueshiba

I studied aikido very briefly in St. Louis (St. Louis Aikiki) and Chicago (the late Toyoda Sensei's dojo).

I'm already middle-aged, but still able to engage in a little koshinage now and then.

I'm also beginning with tenshin shoden katori shinto ryu and aikido weapons.

I'd like to get my two girls, 6 and 4, involved, but I think they need a little more maturity yet.

I'm a catalog copywriter for the Lands' End catalogs, in Dodgeville, Wisconsin. If you've ever bought men's or women's shoes, belts, or socks, that's the stuff I write about.

Nice to meet everyone. I look forward to learning a lot from everyone here.

Best regards,

Stephen Eliasson

Within you lies a power greater than what lies before you.
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Old 01-09-2007, 07:59 AM   #2
Join Date: Apr 2003
Posts: 92
Re: Hello from southwest Wisconsin

Welcome. I've heard Kurt is a master of (teaching) koshi. I'm not sure if I've met him.
I practice in Madison (with John Sensei when he gets better from shoulder surgery on Thursday afternoons).
I'm also waiting a few years in hopes I can get my 3 year old son interested.
Enjoy your practice.

Eric Saemann
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Old 01-09-2007, 08:38 AM   #3
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Re: Hello from southwest Wisconsin

Hi Stephen,

Welcome to AikiWeb and thank you for your introduction.

-- Jun

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Old 01-09-2007, 08:51 AM   #4
Stephen Eliasson
Dojo: Ridgeway Dojo
Location: Wisconsin
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Re: Hello from southwest Wisconsin

Thanks, Jun. It's great to be here.

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