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Old 01-05-2003, 10:25 PM   #1
Dojo: Okinawa Yoshinkan
Location: Okinawa, Japan
Join Date: Nov 2002
Posts: 19
Question Why did I start?

Hello everyone.
I was talking with some friends in class and we were remembering why we had started Aikido. What was it that first sparked our interest.

For me it was in 1989 when I rented a video called, " BUDO " which covered most of the japanese martial arts. In it was a segment on Aikido, something I had never heard of before, which showed O'Sensei throwing these guys around with such amazing easy. I was facinated by this and a little sceptical of if what I saw was real. I was in the military stationed in Okinawa Japan at the time so I asked my wife (she is japanese) if there were any Aikido dojos listed. She had not heard of Aikido either and since Okinawa is mostly Karate, she didn't look. We went back to the states for 2 years then came back to Okinawa.
With my interest still sparked again I asked my wife to check and she found a dojo listed. We both went to the dojo to get our first experience of Aikido and we loved it. That video which sparked my interest has now been passed to my wife and my 9 year old daughter as she has just started Aikido.

That is how I first got interested in Aikido. I would like to hear how others have gotten interested. This may also help those looking to attract students to their dojo. By telling about your first spark of interest may spark someone else's.
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Old 01-05-2003, 11:04 PM   #2
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Dojo: 合気研究会
Location: Jakarta Selatan
Join Date: Nov 2001
Posts: 504
Welcome Fulton-san...

If you want to really know why I first joined Aikido, it was because of a busted knee. I used to be in Tae Kwon Do before. If it weren't for the knee, I might still be in TKD. And if it weren't for a good teacher and supportive fellow students, I would've left Aikido.

When I have to die by the sword, I will do so with honor.
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Old 01-05-2003, 11:25 PM   #3
Dojo: Federación Mexicana de Aikido
Location: Mexico City
Join Date: Mar 2002
Posts: 188
For a woman... she left, I stayed, no regrets!
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Old 01-05-2003, 11:26 PM   #4
Dojo: Baltimore Aikido
Location: Baltimore
Join Date: Jul 2002
Posts: 586
I used to row crew. When I moved to Jerusalem, it became clear to me I would need to find a new sport. I thought that something that involved a larger variety of movement might be interesting after about 4 years of rowing (that's somewhere around 1,600,000 strokes; think of that next time you say you are tired of ikkyo!). I thought about dance, but I was not yet comfortable enough as a man to take up dance. Instead, I looked for a martial art. AiKiDo was being taught in the basement of the dorm I was living in. I went to watch. It seemed fine: nothing special, nothing terrible. So, I just started.

Yours in Aiki
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Old 01-06-2003, 12:45 AM   #5
Jeff Tibbetts
Dojo: Cedar River Aikikai
Location: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Join Date: Oct 2002
Posts: 142
Did you think about returning the rented tape or what? Just kidding.

For me, I got really interested in Japan a while back when I started trying to learn the language. My brother is a classics major who knows many languages and he said it made it a lot more effective learning about the culture along with the language. I only wanted to learn the language to help out my brother-in-law learn it for his quarter Japanese girlfriend at the time, as he has a slight problem with reading well. Anyway I started reading about the culture a lot, of course I was familiar with Kurosawa's movies and had a passing interest in anime, but once I started reading about Japan I couldn't stop, and haven't yet. I decided to try to learn a Japanese art and I researched many, selecting Aikido based on the unrivalled character of the Founder. After that my fate was sealed and here we are.

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