My name is Thom (tom)Hansen, I have posted a few messages in these forums before but decided to Introduce myself.
At the age of 12 I started judo and enjoyed the aspect of martial arts (i felt i was good at something), after judo (only a short time with that) i seemed to drift only doing a bit of this a bit of that but never lost that feeling that martial arts was right for me.
Then feeling disgruntled with most hard martial arts a friend took me to see "Aikido" honestly my first impression was what a lot of ..... . But having nothing better to do in February 1984 i started Aikido (till i found something better)
Now after 19 years i have my own dojo (Cleveland dojo in Australia look in Dojo Search) and a few instructors who have been loyal students and good friends since they began ... in myself i have changed from "a lost soul" to a person with ideals & ethic.
Aikido is good to me (and i still haven't found anything better)