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Old 05-30-2004, 12:56 AM   #1
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Hey all!

I'm new to the forums. I've been studying Aikido at University of California Riverside with Bash Sensei since the beginning of the school year. The first thing I have to say is I love it. I first saw Aikido demonstrated on the discovery channel about how they use the opponents energy against them. I was thrilled by the concept and was even more thrilled when I found it was taught at my University.

At first I was amazed simply at the techniques and seeing people fly across the mat. Now I can proudly say I now aspire for more important goals than simply making people fly, but to become a well rounded person with good core values and the dedication and discipline to train hard. (I also love to be thrown ). I passed my 5th kyu test last quarter, and over the summer I might train in San Diego with Chiba Sensei if I get my internship

After searching the web, I found this forum to be the most stimulating. To me this will be a great place to get different points of view, tips, philosophy, and who knows what. I am a firm believer of the powers of learning both through experience and by book. I hope I can contribute useful information in productive discussions in my journey of Aikido and of life.

Again hey all,

Hara
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Old 05-30-2004, 05:55 AM   #2
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Hi, and welcome!

If somebody had told me that being thrown is just as much a thrill as throwing, I think I'd have said they were crazy. But it sure is. (The first time I took a full-speed forward roll from a throw I embarrassed myself completely by shouting "whee!" so loud everyone stopped to look.)

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Old 05-30-2004, 09:39 AM   #3
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Hi Brent,

Welcome to the AikiWeb Forums and thank you for your introduction. When I stopped by San Diego Aikikai, I had a great time. There are also other good dojo in San Diego, too; the city seems to be turning into a very nice area for aikido these days!

-- Jun

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