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