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Old 01-24-2001, 04:15 PM   #1
David
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What age did you start aikido?

-David

I wanna Practice!

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Old 01-24-2001, 04:36 PM   #2
Matthieu
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I was 19... How about you?

When you learn to love hell, you will be in heaven
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Old 01-24-2001, 04:55 PM   #3
David
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I was 14, the age I am now.

I wanna Practice!

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Old 01-24-2001, 05:00 PM   #4
Nick
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13, 14 now...

Nick

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"Do not fall into the trap of the artisan who boasts twenty years of experience, when in fact he has had only one year of experience-- twenty times."
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Old 01-25-2001, 03:22 AM   #5
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At 24. Again at 26 and then again at 30 (my present age)

(first MA-experience at 15 - Shotokan Karate)

- Jørgen Jakob Friis

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Old 01-31-2001, 09:38 AM   #6
Frugal
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I was 26

2 secrets to life: 1-Never tell anyone everything.

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Old 01-31-2001, 09:55 AM   #7
Dana
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I started at 25.

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Old 01-31-2001, 09:57 AM   #8
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I was 16.

Average (mean) age so far is 18.7 years (witha standard deviation of 5.35).

I really must stop using aikiweb and do some work.

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Old 01-31-2001, 12:40 PM   #9
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I was 23

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Old 01-31-2001, 01:06 PM   #10
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At 21 years. I wish I had started younger.
Matt

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than to live a lifetime on your knees"
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Old 01-31-2001, 01:39 PM   #11
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trust me, you always wish you started younger...

Nick

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Old 01-31-2001, 02:28 PM   #12
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I was 17 when I started.
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Old 01-31-2001, 03:04 PM   #13
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7th grade I was 13 now am 16

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Old 01-31-2001, 09:32 PM   #14
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one week shy of 16 years old.

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Old 01-31-2001, 09:34 PM   #15
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Unfortunately, I was 30. I honestly believe I would have started at 20 if I had known that it even existed. When I did learn OF it, I was 25 and had too much on my plate already. I eventually got back to it. Better late than never, I guess.

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Old 01-31-2001, 10:04 PM   #16
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Old 01-31-2001, 10:37 PM   #17
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I started at 16, but then I developed the bad habit of moving to places where there was no Aikido. Now I'm 31, and I'm happy to say that I have an excellent dojo near where I've settled permanently. Better later than never.

-Speireag.

Speireag Alden
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Old 02-01-2001, 02:33 AM   #18
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I was 28 (30 years and 2 days now)

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Old 02-01-2001, 03:03 AM   #19
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Quote:
aarjan wrote:
I was 28 (30 years and 2 days now)
Happy birthday Aarjan Just turned 30 myself last june.

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Old 02-01-2001, 04:30 AM   #20
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I was 28 (30 years and 2 days now)
Happy birthday Aarjan Just turned 30 myself last june.
For a moment there I thought Aarjan is 58.
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Old 02-01-2001, 04:38 AM   #21
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I started as a sperm utilising ,irimingage to enter the egg.

That probably was not very funny... sorry.




Matt Banks

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Old 02-01-2001, 06:00 PM   #22
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Quote:
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What age did you start aikido?
32. 38 now. Lost 9 months when I went to grad school.

We have one very promising student who started at 41.

Greg Jennings
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Old 02-02-2001, 03:07 AM   #23
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I was 20, but had trained Ju jutsu before that on and of for som years.


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Old 02-02-2001, 10:22 AM   #24
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Quote:
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I started as a sperm utilising ,irimingage to enter the egg.

That probably was not very funny... sorry.




Matt Banks
No, It was!
LOL!
-Tomu

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There's no need to withdraw.
The master swordsman
Is like the lotus blooming in the fire.
Such a person has inside of them
A heaven soaring spirit.
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Old 02-02-2001, 10:57 AM   #25
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I started when I was 32, about a month after I quit smoking. I had gained a ton of weight, and had gotten very aggressive, and needed a way to vent some of that funky energy.

I'm 43 now, and the body, I swear, is in worse shape now than it was when I started, but I think I'm paying a special pennance for a dissolute youth, rather than suffering from any glorious Aikido injuries.

I felt like the old guy when I started, and I aint feeling any younger. Unfortunately, most if not all of my sempai and my teacher are older than me, and most are in pretty good shape, so my excuses have to be other than age related.

I wish I'd started Aikido at a younger age, or at least been better to my body when I was young. Wasn't it Mark Twain who said " If I'd known I was gonna live this long, I'd have taken better care of myself"? Or was that WC Fields?
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