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Old 05-27-2009, 04:15 PM   #1
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Back again...

Hey all,

My name is Nick Porter and back when I first started aikido, I was one of the most prolific posters on the Aikiweb fora, which were much (MUCH) smaller than they are today. Politics + college took me away from aikido for about 4 years, but I've come back to aikido full time and as such decided to come back to Aikiweb.

In my hiatus, I became a competitive amateur boxer and then boxing trainer, which opened my eyes as to the ineffectiveness of a lot of aikido (and other traditional budo) as they're practiced, but it also showed me their strengths, which I'm sure will be a source of quite a bit of lively debate in the days and weeks to come.

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Old 05-27-2009, 04:56 PM   #2
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Re: Back again...

Hi Nick,

Welcome back to AikiWeb. Hope your re-entry into aikido proves interesting.

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Old 05-27-2009, 05:12 PM   #3
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Re: Back again...

I'm training in a different style of aikido than what I'm used to, so it certainly should be...
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Old 05-27-2009, 08:40 PM   #4
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Re: Back again...

Welcome back!

I am not an expert
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Old 05-30-2009, 04:07 PM   #5
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Re: Back again...

Hi Nick!
I'm brand new here (and to Aikido). I've been plowing through old posts/threads, and have enjoyed your contributions. It's good to know you are still here/back again. :-)

Linda Eskin - Facebook | My Aikido blog: Grab My Wrist

"Heaven is right where you are standing, and that is the place to train." - Morihei Ueshiba
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Old 05-30-2009, 05:00 PM   #6
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Re: Back again...

Hey Linda/Jeremy:

Thanks for the kind words. There's part of me that wishes I could have stayed in all the way through, but boxing for 4 years was one of the best things I could have done. The way it affected my thinking and my aikido training (whenever I did get to it back in Atlanta) will make me better for it-- and the hand skills are something I think every aikidoka should train.

Also: I haven't looked through my old posts, but as I was 14-15 when I made the bulk of them, I'm gonna guess I don't want to

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Old 05-30-2009, 05:12 PM   #7
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Welcome back Nick....look forward to your post!

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