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Old 01-28-2007, 06:32 AM   #1
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Hi everyone,
I am a 4th degree black belt in tae-kwon-do and have a great deal of experience kickboxing. I had several amature bouts when I was younger. I started in Aikido around 8 months ago and despite all my martial arts experience it is like starting from scratch. Aikido is far more difficult to learn than tae-kwon-do or boxing and is much more beautiful. I am enjoying the challenge and I am finally starting to learn to :"relax" enough for my techniques to be at least somewhat effective. It is obvious to me that one cannot learn to be profecient in Aikido in a year or two. It obviously takes many years but I look forward to the Journey...Gregg J. Block
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Old 01-28-2007, 10:43 AM   #2
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Hi Gregg,

Welcome to aikido and to AikiWeb.

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Old 01-28-2007, 01:09 PM   #3
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Hi Gregg,

It may take you longer to reach the same 'rank' in aikido than in tae-kwon-do, However I'm sure you'll find the journey worth it.

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Old 01-28-2007, 05:43 PM   #4
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Re: Greeting from Pennsylvania

Hello from down the road in Ambler, PA. Glad you're having fun. With whom do you train in the bethlehem area? I know Wirth Sensei and Jackson Sensei a bit.

Best wishes,
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Old 01-29-2007, 12:45 PM   #5
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Re: Greeting from Pennsylvania

Hello from a fellow Pennsylvanian. I also have a background in Tae Kwon Do, and yes, Aikido *is* very different from a striking art. I've been studying Aikido for 7.5 months, and I totally love it. Still have much to learn, but at least I don't get totally lost in class as much as I used to.

"The ultimate aim of martial arts is not having to use them." - Miyamoto Musashi
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Old 01-29-2007, 01:25 PM   #6
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Greetings! Hope to see you on the mat sometime.

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Old 01-29-2007, 02:32 PM   #7
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Quote:
Stephen Trinkle wrote:
Hello from down the road in Ambler, PA. Glad you're having fun. With whom do you train in the bethlehem area? I know Wirth Sensei and Jackson Sensei a bit.

Best wishes,
Steve,
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I work out at Lehigh University with Ming sensei. thank you for your kind words.
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Old 01-29-2007, 02:33 PM   #8
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I work out at Lehigh University with Ming Sensei.
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Old 01-29-2007, 05:53 PM   #9
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AH... Sorry, I forgot to mention Ming Sensei. I trained with his group a couple times also. They were a very welcoming and fun group for me to train with.

I hope we'll meet sometime. All the best!

Steve
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