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Old 01-27-2004, 05:19 AM   #1
Richard Chapman
Dojo: Gatwick Budokai Ryu, Crawley
Location: Crawley, West Sussex
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 8
New to the forum

As I'm new to the forum, I better introduce myself. My names Richard Chapman and have only recently started the long winding road into the life of Aikido since October.

As a kid I did Chinese MA's that I did for a couple of years but my main interests were in football/soccer. Now that I'm married with two young boys in tow, I've decided to give the football/soccer up, as I was getting to the stage where I was getting dispondant with the team etc.

This prompted me into deciding to re-start my MA's activity, but the question was which one shall I study. I'm not an aggressive sort of person and always seem to avoid trouble, plus after several years of football/soccer my hamstrings are very tight so the high kicking MA's were a no-no. This is how I decided on Aikido, and I think I have made a good choice.

I study Kia Shin Kai Aikido in Crawley, England but only train once a week as this is the only time the class is. I am thinking of attending another class local to me but is a different Aikido society.

Hope to join in with you guys/girls in future discussions. Cheers.
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Old 01-27-2004, 10:30 AM   #2
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Hi Richard,

Welcome to the AikiWeb Forums and thank you for your introduction! I hope you'll feel welcome in joining in the discussions.

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Old 02-01-2004, 05:41 PM   #3
Jamie Stokes
Dojo: Kenkyu Kai
Location: Australia
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Hello Richard,


Glad to see your training, and you have a choice of two different societys.

warmest regards,


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