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Old 10-20-2004, 01:15 PM   #1
Niko Salgado
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Young folk

I'm quite curious to how many people under the age of 25, are actively practicing Aikido. Age and rank please. I'm only asking because majority of the people I have met practicing are over 25. I'm 22 and a Nikyu
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Old 10-20-2004, 01:25 PM   #2
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Re: Young folk

15 5th kyu ....as far as i know there are very few people that are under 25 at our Dojo.
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Old 10-20-2004, 02:14 PM   #3
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Re: Young folk

18, Shodan
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Old 10-20-2004, 03:05 PM   #4
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Re: Young folk

At our dojo we have a few "young" folk. We have a 15 year old who is a 5th Kyu, an 8 year old who has passed his 7th/12th Kyu test and another 15 year old who is fairly new.
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Old 10-20-2004, 04:42 PM   #5
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Re: Young folk

Average age in our dojo is 43, but I train a lot with a 13-year-old (in the adult classes now) who recently made 5th kyu. It's hard to train at this age because your body is changing so fast, but he's getting his equilibrium back and looks quite good. We do a lot of jo takeaways together and he is excellent with a jo.

I expect if he sticks with it, he might be shodan around 16-17, which would be a first for us. Usually the really skilled kids don't become skilled adults; they go into soccer instead, alas.

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Old 10-20-2004, 05:59 PM   #6
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Re: Young folk

Same as Mary Kay. We're pretty much all in out forties and we have two 16 year olds. One is there because he has to make up PE credits and both his parents are shodan. But he doesn't really want to be there. The other will be testing for 5th kyu in two weeks (and i go up for fourth).
He also is likely to make shodan by 19 or 20., he is very much in touch with the Principles of aikido, and working on learning to control his body.
My sensei started training when he was 15 in the 60s and made shodan at 18. He has been training non-stop for 39 years.

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Old 10-20-2004, 06:13 PM   #7
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Re: Young folk

We have 3 kids classes a week, most of them are elementary school aged, maybe middle school. But they don't train during the regular classes Other than that, I'm 3rd kyu and 21, and the youngest in the "regular" classes. The next youngest is 23 I think, but we have a lot of mid-20s, grad-school types, so there's still lots of young energy in the dojo.
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Old 10-20-2004, 06:53 PM   #8
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Re: Young folk

20 years old and in 4th kyu
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Old 10-20-2004, 06:57 PM   #9
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Re: Young folk

Most students at Shodokan Honbu practicing on any given day are between 17-25.

Peter Rehse Shodokan Aikido
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Old 10-20-2004, 07:05 PM   #10
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Re: Young folk

I'm 23 and nikyu... we have a good range of ages at our dojo, from 11 up to 60s or so... all the blackbelts are over 30 though - I'm the most advanced of the younger folks.
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Old 10-20-2004, 07:14 PM   #11
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Re: Young folk

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Most students at Shodokan Honbu practicing on any given day are between 17-25.
And oozing with malicious testerone from what I hear

Bronson

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Old 10-20-2004, 07:35 PM   #12
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19 / Whatever your dojo prefers to call someone who hasn't tested.
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Old 10-20-2004, 07:46 PM   #13
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Re: Young folk

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And oozing with malicious testerone from what I hear
Which just goes to show you don't believe everything you hear Bronson.

Our dojo has about 6 people who range from 16 to 25. They make up just over 1/4 of the class, the rest are in late 20's and 30's. Had a couple folks over 40 but they couldn't hack it or had non-Aikido injuries that called for a stop to training.

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Old 10-20-2004, 07:51 PM   #14
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Bah! All you young 'uns got it easy today! In my day we had to do ukemi on concrete! Blindfolded! While wearing only our boxers! Or bra and panties for women! And we liked it!!!
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Old 10-20-2004, 08:01 PM   #15
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Re: Young folk

24, unranked... I have trained for about four months now, so I am pretty much new!
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Old 10-20-2004, 08:24 PM   #16
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Re: Young folk

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Which just goes to show you don't believe everything you hear Bronson.
I don't believe you!

You are SHODOTHUGS the evil scourge of ki wielding purveyors of the true aiki way. You take young men and mold them into...dare I say it....testosterone maddened unenlightened (and most likely unattractive) competitors... GASP!!! <----- see the wink wink

Bronson

"A pacifist is not really a pacifist if he is unable to make a choice between violence and non-violence. A true pacifist is able to kill or maim in the blink of an eye, but at the moment of impending destruction of the enemy he chooses non-violence."
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Old 10-20-2004, 08:55 PM   #17
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Re: Young folk

24 and a Nikyu

Kendo is like star wars and everyone gets to be Darth Vader.
"Luke, I am your sensei"
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Old 10-20-2004, 09:18 PM   #18
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Re: Young folk

14yrs old, 1st kyu, been training for 7 years..... hopefully will test for shodan early next year
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Old 10-20-2004, 09:24 PM   #19
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Re: Young folk

I'm 18, don't have a rank yet (have yet to be worthy of testing), and I think I'm the youngest in my class taught at the university.
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Old 10-20-2004, 09:24 PM   #20
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Re: Young folk

22, have not yet been graded.

Quote:
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I don't believe you!

You are SHODOTHUGS the evil scourge of ki wielding purveyors of the true aiki way. You take young men and mold them into...dare I say it....testosterone maddened unenlightened (and most likely unattractive) competitors... GASP!!! <----- see the wink wink

Bronson
Young WOMEN too, just to be pedantic...!

-One sane, rational, enlightened (and most likely attractive) (!)
shodothug-in-training

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Old 10-20-2004, 09:48 PM   #21
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I'm 16 and am the youngest in our dojo. everyone else is over 25, kinda sad when i think about it.... anyway im grading for 2nd kyu next month!
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Old 10-20-2004, 09:53 PM   #22
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Re: Young folk

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22, have not yet been graded.

Young WOMEN too, just to be pedantic...!

-One sane, rational, enlightened (and most likely attractive) (!)
shodothug-in-training
You tell him Sarah.

Even though unranked I'm sure you can take Bronson any day on these forums.

ShodoThugz rule!

LC

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Old 10-20-2004, 10:08 PM   #23
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Re: Young folk

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-One sane, rational, enlightened (and most likely attractive) (!)
Not to mentioned unencumbered by an excess of testosterone.

I would never comment on the attractiveness of one of my minions BUT in the posted pici (Images/Dojo) Sarah is the furthest one in.

Peter Rehse Shodokan Aikido
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Old 10-20-2004, 10:13 PM   #24
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Peter, Peter, Peter...Now look what you've done. Overloaded the Aikiweb server while all the testosterone encumbered caused a denial of service attack just to look at that one pic.

Shame, shame.

Nice looking group of shodothugs, by the way

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Old 10-20-2004, 10:19 PM   #25
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Re: Young folk

I'm 16 and 2nd kyu. There have been quite a few other young people who passed through (came and left), and one 13 year old who is still training.

I also have another guy friend who is 2nd kyu and goes to a different dojo on an off. I try to drag him onto the mat now and then, but there is so much school work and whatnot that it is hard to make time.

Oh, and by the way, hi everybody! I've been a forum lurker for a while, going here when I should be writing essays and would rather be at Aikido. Haha, just like right now!

laurel
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