My name is Jessica "Al-li" ("AL-Lee") Edwards, I live in Savannah GA. I am presently a junior in college. I've always had a interest in Martial Arts. I had the opportunity to participate with my (now late) father and my little sister many years ago. As much as I liked it it didn't hold me. I continued my dance lessions and finished out with a total of 11 years. Of course by this time both my father and sister where black belts, had many trophies and certificates, and examples of how it's saved their life to show. I had a...pink tutu, a bag of dance shoes, feet that are always pointing in two different directions (those of you who has ever seen a long term dancer know how this looks) and...toes of steel (From being stepped on by many high heeled tap shoes). *Sigh* Yes...I got teased unmercifully because of my choice by my sister and worried over by my father, who would not have a daughter of his without protection (He was a cop since.....I can't remember when he wasn't
....). I tried...I really did. But something about the art didn't click with me.
I don't know if I'm the only one or not but I, almost instinctively know what I will enjoy and actually be good at (or at least decent). The art my father choose...wasn't it. So, still searching, I entered the art college here and took a year of kickboxing. I enjoyed it...but still wasn't it. I'd pretty much gotten depressed and given up. Then father got sick and I had to balance school with the hospital. About a month ago or so I was walking around downtown and stumbled past a old shop that had closed down. In the window I noticed it mentioned a Akito School that would be opening soon. "Akito?" I thought. "I vaguely remember hearing about that. I wonder if it's any good...?" So I came home got on the Internet and started to read. Then it happened. I found the art I wanted to practice! This forum is what really sucked me in and all the nice people that seemed to frequent the place. I want to be able to add input, but I don't know much ye. I don't feel I can comment on things that I've never experienced. So I wait eagerly for the doors to open so that I may too join in the ranks of those that talk and joke about a art that I find I already love. I hope that I may bring others in with me. My mother seems very interested as well. I'm sorry...I've babbled enough.
*Bows* Thank you for allowing me to join this community and reading.
Jessica "Al-li" Edwards