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Old 09-15-2009, 03:09 PM   #51
Phil Van Treese
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Re: How old were you when you began...

I began when I was 7 and I am now 63 and have enjoyed every minute of aikido.
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Old 09-15-2009, 03:11 PM   #52
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Re: How old were you when you began...

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What I was complaining about was how people hear I'm 14 and assume that my training is some kind of game...
There is a young 17 year old girl in my dojo who has been training with me for several months now. She is the youngest person in the dojo by nearly 10 years. I have taken her under my wing and take her training every bit as seriously as she does.

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Old 09-15-2009, 03:13 PM   #53
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I started five months ago. I am 30.
I can't believe you'd admit to that publicly, Ren... :-)

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Old 09-15-2009, 03:31 PM   #54
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Re: How old were you when you began...

The old becomes new again - well - in threads on Aikiweb...
Started judo at 18, stopped at 26. Started Aikido at 40, now (very nearly) 56.
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Old 09-15-2009, 03:57 PM   #55
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I started Aikido looooooong after this thread was created


Good resurrection though. I remember Nick's posts and wonder if he's still around.

I started with Shotokan Karatedo as a 14 year old kid in 1982 and continued with "American Kenpo Karate" through high school and started Aikido with a college club at UCSC in 1988 or 1989. I messed around with fencing and some other western martial practices as well after college.

After college, I got busy with a career and did not return to Aikido until 1997 and have never stopped training since. I did change organizations after 10 years for personal reasons, but despite occasional efforts to quit, I just cannot seem to manage it.

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Old 09-15-2009, 03:59 PM   #56
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Started at 29.....52 now...feel way younger now.
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Old 09-15-2009, 05:46 PM   #57
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Re: How old were you when you began...

Wow. It seems most of us have had experience studying in other martial arts. Interesting. I for one can say my previous training didn't really help me in aikido though other then ukemi.

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Old 09-15-2009, 07:03 PM   #58
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I can't believe you'd admit to that publicly, Ren... :-)
Which part, the being 30?? Or the part about starting five months ago. I'm proud of both..

Trusting the process.
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Old 09-15-2009, 10:56 PM   #59
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I started as my 41st bday gift to myself. 54 now.

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Old 09-15-2009, 11:01 PM   #60
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Re: How old were you when you began...

I started when I was 27 and am now 32. My son started when he was 4 and will be 10 in a couple of weeks and he has stuck with it. I hope he'll continue with it but I don't push him to hard at this point because I don't want him to end up despising aikido....or his dad :-)
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Old 09-16-2009, 12:47 AM   #61
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17 and hopefully I'll never stop.
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Old 09-16-2009, 10:45 AM   #62
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Re: How old were you when you began...

I started when I was 11 and was the youngest at my club by 10 years or so, for quite a while.

I'm now 38 and have returned to training after a 10 year break.

Whilst I'm aching in places I thought couldn't ache, after my first training session yesterday, I'm sure my current age won't stop me getting back into the swing of Aikido.
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Old 09-16-2009, 11:16 AM   #63
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Re: How old were you when you began...

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Wow. It seems most of us have had experience studying in other martial arts. Interesting. I for one can say my previous training didn't really help me in aikido though other then ukemi.
Hmmm everyone has some different experiences.....

It ALL seems to tie in together on some level, whether the empty hand martial arts (My previous"dabbled ins"are Wing Chun, TaeKwonDo, and a bit of Tai Chi BTW) are drastically different or similar, the coordination of your body carries over.
Likewise the weapons (Fencing, and armored combat SCA) are very apparent in effecting how you learn the buki-waza in Aikido.
Timing, distance, "flow" these things are universal to the arts.

At least that has been my experience. (so far.. )
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Old 09-16-2009, 05:58 PM   #64
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Re: How old were you when you began...

Started in March 2000 at ripe old age of 29. I have bounced around a few martial arts from the age of nine. Aikido is the only martial art that I have graded to Shodan in, it's the only one I really wanted to do.
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Old 09-22-2009, 07:25 AM   #65
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49!
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Old 09-22-2009, 11:10 AM   #66
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Nine, but I was not given a choice.
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Old 09-22-2009, 01:49 PM   #67
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I was 29 now I am 54.

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Old 09-22-2009, 03:03 PM   #68
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1988 would have put me right around 27.
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Old 09-22-2009, 03:47 PM   #69
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Re: How old were you when you began...

Onegaishimasu. I was 31 when I started aikido. I think it was a good age to start because I was old enough to settle into something and study it for ten years. That was 25 years ago, so you could say that now I am in the middle of my third round of ten years.

In gassho,

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Old 09-26-2009, 12:53 PM   #70
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Re: How old were you when you began...

I started with Kanai Sensei around 1974. Got married, moved to California, trained with Pranin Sensei for less than a year. Wife divorced me, so I moved to where there was no Aikido. Almost 30 years passed...

In 2004, at age 62, I started over in Aikido here in Parkersburg, WV. At age 68, I'm a Nidan, love it, and train in at least two 2-hour classes per week! I enjoy doing other projects for the dojo too!
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Old 09-28-2009, 11:34 AM   #71
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Re: How old were you when you began...

I started in 1980 at 31 and have never looked back. At the time my most active sport was fishing and I regretted not having started Aikido at a younger age. Later I realised that had I started younger I would not have had the patience to keep it up.
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Old 09-28-2009, 12:02 PM   #72
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OSensei was born on Dec. 14, 1883 and started his Aikido journey in February of 1915 which would make him 31.

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Old 10-06-2009, 12:29 AM   #73
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I started when I was 28 trained for 2 years and took five years off. I've been back at it for 5 years now. I also took karate from age 21 until I started Aikido
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Old 10-07-2009, 03:24 AM   #74
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I started Aikido at the age of 31. I had previously done Judo from 17 to 25, and some Thai boxing before that.
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Old 10-07-2009, 03:36 AM   #75
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Re: How old were you when you began...

I started not that long before this thread did

I was 18, will be 31 next month.

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