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Old 05-06-2004, 03:49 PM   #1
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Iraq Aikido

My name is Gregory Makuch. I am a new member of the AikiWeb Forums. I have been practicing Aikido for over 8 years.

Here is my issue. I am a Staff Sergeant assigned to a military intelligence unit at Abu Ghuraib prison in Iraq. Yes, it is the prison that is all over the news. I have begun Abu Ghuraib Aikido to offer the soldiers, airmen, and Marines the opportunity to practice Aikido and learn the "Art of Peace." The response to the program is fantastic.


I am requesting assistance with training equipment (bokken and jo), books, vidoes, etc that anyone or any dojo would like to donate to our program. We have NO budget. This is something I do out of my own initiative in an old storage room. I was able to obtain some hard rubber mats, which provide some support. I have some training material I brought with me, but I need more. I'm not picky, it can be used or old, so long as it is functional. I have included a mailing address where items can be sent.

I appreciate all your support. Remember that the acts of a few should not diminish the efforts of those contributing to the freedom of Iraq. Thank you in advance for your contributions.

Send contributions to:
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Old 05-07-2004, 01:25 AM   #2
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Re: Iraq Aikido

I can't provide any supplies (no money) but I think this is a fantastic idea! Hopefully my posting will put you on the top of the forum and get you more attention.
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Old 05-07-2004, 06:19 AM   #3
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Greg, Hi- I applaud your efforts and you guys are doing the best you can- I support you all. I am going thru background with Dyncorp, and not to get too off track here but I want to know what you guys think of the contract assistance in the police function over there? thanks, and stay safe. Daniel.
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Old 05-07-2004, 08:40 AM   #4
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I also can only offer my support. Aikido anywhere is a great idea; especially in a war torn nation like Iraq. Good luck in your endevours, hopefully some folks that can actually lend a hand, will see your message and help you out. Good luck and keep your head up!
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Old 05-07-2004, 10:07 AM   #5
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Thank you all for your responses. I appreciate your support for all of us over here.

As for Daniel, I believe the contractors have a vital role over here. Reality is that the military as we know it doesn't have the capabilities to fully support all fronts on the war on terror. The need for trained military policemen overseas is even more evident with the sad events that occurred here last year. As a result of this increased need, contract companies now supply police forces for most military bases in the U.S. and overseas. I think this is a fantastic way to offer employment as well as utilize military policemen where they are needed-at war. As for contract policemen, so long as the contract company set stringent standards of conduct, like most over here do, they are a welcome asset to assist already tired soldiers, airmen, and Marines. I applaud your efforts to help. We all can make a difference either here or at home.

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Old 05-07-2004, 02:58 PM   #6
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My prayers go to you because you are bringing the art of peace where it is most needed. Bishmillah ar Rahman ir Raheem.
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Old 05-07-2004, 05:02 PM   #7
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God bless on this wonderful endeavor

"Saki yakitachi o nukeba, masu masu masurao no kokoro wo togu bekari keri."
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Old 05-09-2004, 11:16 AM   #8
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Greg-thanks for the response. Watch your 6 and take care, Daniel.
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Old 05-09-2004, 03:01 PM   #9
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Re: Iraq Aikido

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makuchg wrote:
I am requesting assistance with training equipment (bokken and jo), books, vidoes, etc that anyone or any dojo would like to donate to our program. We have NO budget. This is something I do out of my own initiative in an old storage room. I was able to obtain some hard rubber mats, which provide some support. I have some training material I brought with me, but I need more. I'm not picky, it can be used or old, so long as it is functional. I have included a mailing address where items can be sent.
SSGT Makuch,

I applaud your efforts to train and teach in your current enviornment. I did the same thing in Viet Nam. I do think, though, that your group can afford your own bokken, jo, etc. We paid for our own gear in Nam and I'm sure you still get combat pay as we did.

You have access to the internet. Look for places to order your gear and get on with it. You have no control over what others may give you, but you and your students can sure order your own training gear. You'll be sure you get it soon that way.

Take care and keep your zanshin strong...

Chuck Clark
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Old 11-23-2004, 11:49 AM   #10
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SSG Makuch,
Hey you still here in Iraq with me? I am SSG Phelps at the 1st Cavalry DIF you get all our bad guys. We are doing the same thing here and I would recommend going to ANYSOLDIER.US and ask the "world" there. I don't know if you had any luck because most of the world still thinks we are the same people that caused the mess at Abu - G. ( I know you don't want to hear it anymore - the Abu - G stuff) So I am in 312th MI BN, 1CD DNVT 551-9116 if you need help getting ideas to help get your training materials I can share all knowledge on the subject. Let me know. *Soldiers, helping Soldiers* We are on North Victory (or Liberty whatever they decided to change it to) I am also the President of the Victory Tae Kwon Do for 1st Cavalry Division Troops. Stay safe. BTW you are gona love it there when it rains. The Ruts! OMG. Well Brother. Take Care. Be Safe. Always Out Front!
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Old 11-23-2004, 11:56 AM   #11
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SSG Makuch,
Hey you still here in Iraq with me? I am SSG Phelps at the 1st Cavalry DIF you get all our bad guys. We are doing the same thing here and I would recommend going to ANYSOLDIER.US and ask the "world" there. I don't know if you had any luck because most of the world still thinks we are the same people that caused the mess at Abu - G. ( I know you don't want to hear it anymore - the Abu - G stuff) So I am in 312th MI BN, 1CD DNVT 551-9116 if you need help getting ideas to help get your training materials I can share all knowledge on the subject. Let me know. *Soldiers, helping Soldiers* We are on North Victory (or Liberty whatever they decided to change it to) I am also the President of the Victory Tae Kwon Do for 1st Cavalry Division Troops. Stay safe. BTW you are gona love it there when it rains. The Ruts! OMG. Well Brother. Take Care. Be Safe. Always Out Front!
"Pain is Just Weakness ~Leaving the Body!"
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Old 11-23-2004, 10:19 PM   #12
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Re: Iraq Aikido

As I offered SSG Phelps, I'll send you a copy of our Aikido Basics by Tuttle Publishing.

As an old vet, cover each other's back.

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Old 11-25-2004, 08:41 PM   #13
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The Art of Peace

Aikido does so much more then help with the pysical side of lifes torments, as you can see here, people helping people is another one of Aikidos beautys.

Many Blessings to everyone

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Old 01-27-2005, 05:26 AM   #14
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This is a belated post to both Lynn Seiser and SSG Phelps: Thanks for the support and advice. I'm now back in the U.S. and looking forward to the next chapter of my life. My kids are fantastic and happy "Dad" is finally home.

SSG Phelps, if you are still in Iraq, stay safe and best of luck.

Lynn, thank you for your gift and support.

I appreciate all that was done to help make the endeavor a success. There is a picture of our group in the images gallery.

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Old 01-27-2005, 08:19 AM   #15
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Reality is that the military as we know it doesn't have the capabilities to fully support all fronts on the war on terror. The need for trained military policemen overseas is even more evident with the sad events that occurred here last year.
Greg Makuch
I like to stay away from politics, but seeings that I didn't initiate it, I guess it's fair to have it from both sides.

The Rumsfeld memo was found. It's got nothing to do with training, it's the snake's head that leads it.
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Old 01-27-2005, 03:12 PM   #16
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SSGT Makuch,

I saw the picture you posted the other week, and it really has had me thinking. I am glad you posted. If I had the means, I would send you something, but alas, I am very broke and starting my own small dojo .

Hopefully you will keep training for several months, and if I get a windfall, maybe I can send something more then well wishes your way.

Please post often about your club.

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Old 01-27-2005, 06:32 PM   #17
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With my unit's redeployment back to Georgia, the club has dissolved. Hopefully the soldiers that trained will continue to practice and you may meet one or two in dojo's around the country. As for Iraq, I think SSG Phelps is still over there and may need our support.

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Old 08-22-2005, 11:50 PM   #18
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Gregory Makuch wrote:
My name is Gregory Makuch. I am a new member of the AikiWeb Forums. I have been practicing Aikido for over 8 years.

Here is my issue. I am a Staff Sergeant assigned to a military intelligence unit at Abu Ghuraib prison in Iraq. Yes, it is the prison that is all over the news. I have begun Abu Ghuraib Aikido to offer the soldiers, airmen, and Marines the opportunity to practice Aikido and learn the "Art of Peace." The response to the program is fantastic.


I am requesting assistance with training equipment (bokken and jo), books, vidoes, etc that anyone or any dojo would like to donate to our program. We have NO budget. This is something I do out of my own initiative in an old storage room. I was able to obtain some hard rubber mats, which provide some support. I have some training material I brought with me, but I need more. I'm not picky, it can be used or old, so long as it is functional. I have included a mailing address where items can be sent.

I appreciate all your support. Remember that the acts of a few should not diminish the efforts of those contributing to the freedom of Iraq. Thank you in advance for your contributions.

Send contributions to:
SSG Gregory Makuch
THOPS, 202nd MI Bn
APO AE 09342

Respectfully,
Gregory Makuch


Hello,
This is the first thread I read since I have been accepted. I am glad that it is yours Gregory.
I am really glad to know that Aikido (if I could say this) is alive and well in Iraq.
I would like to offer help. There are some CDs that might be of help. They show a practice session held in Jordan by a visiting Sensei from Europe (Italy) but I don't know if I can send them through your existing address.
Please confirm.
And there is one more obsticles; as I remember the commentery has been translated to Arabic and the English wording is somehow in the back ground.
On the whole wish you all the best weather you are still in Iraq or not...
Soor
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Old 08-23-2005, 08:01 AM   #19
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Been reading so much of these on the news its great to really hear from the guys on the ground. Being a reservist myself (mandatory over here), i can really feel wot u guys felt. SSG Phelps if you're still in Iraq, good luck on your m.arts training. You take care, and be safe man.
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Old 08-23-2005, 04:21 PM   #20
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Remember that the acts of a few should not diminish the efforts of those contributing to the freedom of Iraq.
that seals it, you'll be getting no shipments from me.
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Old 08-24-2005, 10:12 AM   #21
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Meade Maj Roger C (ACE HMM-266 XO) [meaderc@acemnf-wiraq.usmc.mil]

Major Meade (Roger) is now in Iraqi. He started the Aikido Club at Camp Lejune a couple years ago. He is a real nice guy. Perhaps you could contact him.

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Old 11-06-2005, 04:36 AM   #22
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As Hooker Sensei pointed out, I am currently teaching Aikido at Al-Asad in the Al-Anbar province of Iraq. Classes are held in the mat area at the main gym on Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays from 15:30 to 17:00. No previous experience is required. I started a program at Camp Lejeune 3 years ago and my students are currently running it in my absence.

Additionally, one of my senior students is deployed to Fallujah and can always use a workout partner. If you are interested or have any questions please don't hesitate to ask.

My thanks to Hooker Sensei and Saotome Sensei's for their support of our Aikido dojo in Lejeune and Iraq.

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