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Old 12-28-2003, 01:01 AM   #1
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Join Date: Apr 2001
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AikiWeb Poll for the week of December 28, 2003:

How good a year was 2003 for your aikido training?
  • I don't do aikido
  • Excellent
  • Good
  • Average
  • Poor
  • Very poor
Here are the current results.
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Old 12-28-2003, 01:58 AM   #2
Clayton Drescher
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Dojo: Beach Cities Aikido
Location: Long Beach, CA
Join Date: Apr 2003
Posts: 72

My first year of aikido or any martial art and I've been blessed with a series of great instructors and dojo-mates

Cheers to 2004!

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Old 12-28-2003, 06:23 AM   #3
Cliff Geysels
Dojo: En Shin Bouwel
Location: Herentals
Join Date: Mar 2003
Posts: 10
I passed for my exams for 5th and 4th kyu, so I feel great. Aikido rules!
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Old 12-28-2003, 11:47 AM   #4
Dojo: Sheffield Shodokan Dojo
Location: Sheffield, UK
Join Date: Jun 2001
Posts: 524
Looking at the results, it seems that on average, people did very much better than average!

Personally, my year was about average.


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Old 12-28-2003, 12:56 PM   #5
Hanna B
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Join Date: Dec 2001
Posts: 647
It was good, and I decided to quit. Life is complicated.
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Old 12-28-2003, 07:34 PM   #6
Dojo: Seigi Dojo
Location: Jakarta
Join Date: Nov 2002
Posts: 247
still stuck in 3rd kyu, but what the heck, i'll take my time and have enjoyed my training days, 'specially after i got back from heavy injury.
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Old 12-28-2003, 07:59 PM   #7
Jeanne Shepard
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Dojo: Puget Sound Aikikai
Location: Seattle
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 351
Passed 2nd Kyu, after alot of tribulation.

Learned to do a soft high fall from Koshinage.

One of my best years...

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Old 12-28-2003, 11:11 PM   #8
Colin Moynier
Join Date: Dec 2003
Posts: 9
It was my second year, and it was good, but I wish I could've practiced more, haven't been able to practice for a few months because of basketball.
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Old 12-29-2003, 06:31 AM   #9
Dojo: Aikido of Cincinnati/Huron Valley Aikikai
Location: Somerset Michigan
Join Date: Jul 2002
Posts: 794
2003 was a great year personally for aikido. It marked either my 20th or 21st year in the art (started when I was 21, but can't remember the date); my dojo got up and running (still struggling, but beginning to grow); passed my sandan exam; went to numerous wonderful seminars; met some awesome new people in the art and watched my first students start to grow and change in their aikido (the most fulfilling of all!). Altogether a terrific year, and here's hoping for an even more terrific 2004 (and beyond)!!!
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Old 12-29-2003, 07:39 AM   #10
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Dojo: Satori Dojo
Location: Bogotá - Colombia
Join Date: Jul 2000
Posts: 109
Thumbs down Excellent

This year was Excellent!,.. I got my shodan!!

César Martínez
Satori Dojo
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Old 12-29-2003, 09:03 AM   #11
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Location: Florida Gulf coast
Join Date: Jun 2000
Posts: 3,888
Each year keeps polishing the mirror.


Lynn Seiser PhD
Yondan Aikido & FMA/JKD
We do not rise to the level of our expectations, but fall to the level of our training. Train well. KWATZ!
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Old 12-29-2003, 12:25 PM   #12
Karen Wolek
Dojo: Kingston Aikido
Location: New York
Join Date: Dec 2002
Posts: 322
2003 was an excellent year for me! It was my first full year of Aikido practice, since I started in October 2002. I started going to class much more often and I'm now up to 5 or 6 classes a week. I took my first test (5th kyu) in July and passed, after a lot of test anxiety and fear! I got to go to seminars in Woodstock, NYC, Montreal, and Toronto (Aikido-l seminar, woo hoo!). I got to practice while visiting my family in Texas, at Aikido of El Paso. I became a moderator on the Women in Aikido bulletin board. I discovered that I also love photographing Aikido.............I learned THAT when I was off the mat due to a knee sprain. Then again, due to an elbow sprain. <grin>

I learned a lot about myself and my body. I met a lot of new friends. I'm beginning to see some improvement in my Aikido.

And I'm having A LOT of fun! Here's to an even-more-fun 2004!

"Try not. Do...or do not. There is no try." - Master Yoda
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Old 12-29-2003, 01:06 PM   #13
Kevin Masters
Dojo: Woodstock Aikido
Location: Mount Tremper, NY
Join Date: Dec 2002
Posts: 85

Thanks for asking

Training is such great fun. If I didn't like my family so much I'd be in class every day.

Seeing as how like Karen it was my first full year I don't have much to compare it to.

How about New Years resolutions about your training?

I have a small one. I want to try to at least once a month take two classes in a row in a day.

Also I'd like to practice whatever I can when I'm on an off night at home. Weapons, stretching, etc.

Happy New Year!

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Old 12-29-2003, 01:19 PM   #14
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 495
2003 was great. I decided to rededicate myself to the arts with an emphasis on aikido. I found a great dojo, located some really helpful resources, and most of all found that place within myself to be able to let go of the things that were holding me back. Well maybe not all of them:-)
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