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Old 11-15-2005, 01:26 AM   #1
Join Date: Nov 2005
Posts: 20
United Kingdom
Hi all

Hi everyone,

Age: 23
Location: Cardiff, Wales

I haven't got any interesting stories or achievements to share unfortunately. I've always loved martial arts, but only done a little kick boxing and kung fu, but never found a suitable club to stay in long enough to get a license even. I've trained at home and I practised a form of sword fighting with a group for a few months which I really enjoyed, but moved out of the area and it's difficult for me to get there now. Despite a great passion, my weakness is a serious lack of self discipline which I'm trying to overcome (but not hard enough obviously), it kills me that the clock is ticking, yet I can't get off my behind.

I've always felt compelled/obligated to protect people/life. After many years of considering almost every career option such as the police force, RAF, close protection and even CIA(!) none of them was quite right - Until I came to realise that the best way to protect people is to teach them to protect themselves. It might be hard to understand but it's how I feel. After looking into many styles I found that few teach sufficient defense, which is more important to me than being able to throw a punch.
I'm almost certain I'll find what I'm looking for in Aikido and very much hope to find a club in my area soon, as I'm afraid I'm too old already

Look forward to speaking to you all soon
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Old 11-15-2005, 01:42 AM   #2
Dirk Hanss
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Dojo: Aikidoschule Trier
Location: Merzkirchen
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 471
Re: Hi all

Tonks, hmmm... Tonks....
Aren't you related with the famous auror, who went out with a werewulf? That would ecxplain why you always want to protect people.

Wlcome on aikiweb and I hope you'll find your way - and a good aikido (do)jo, of course ;9

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Old 11-15-2005, 02:31 AM   #3
Alex Megann
Dojo: Southampton Aikikai
Location: Southampton
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 376
United Kingdom
Re: Hi all


Do visit the Cardiff Shobukan - nice people and nice Aikido.


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Old 11-15-2005, 03:26 AM   #4
Join Date: Nov 2005
Posts: 20
United Kingdom
Re: Hi all

My family is very large, I don't know even a fraction of them, it could be worth checking out. Not sure if I'd want to believe that if it were true though...^_^

I've had a look on the site and the one on City Road on Tuesdays is close to home. I shall take a look, thank you!
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Old 11-15-2005, 06:10 AM   #5
Dojo: Bristol North Aikido Dojo
Location: Bristol
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 659
Re: Hi all


You might want to check out these guys too!



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Old 11-15-2005, 06:35 AM   #6
Nick Simpson
Dojo: White Rose Aikido - Durham University
Location: Gateshead
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 916
United Kingdom
Re: Hi all

Hi Victoria, hope you find what your looking for in aikido, or at least that you enjoy training.
On a side note, you may find that knowing how to throw a punch is very integral to defending oneself.

They're all screaming about the rock n roll, but I would say that it's getting old. - REFUSED.
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Old 11-15-2005, 08:53 AM   #7
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Re: Hi all

Hi Victoria,

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Old 11-15-2005, 09:17 AM   #8
Steve Mullen
Dojo: White Rose (Sunderland)
Location: Washington
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 270
Re: Hi all

Victoria, What dojo do you train at? how close to cardiff city center are you, i have been sent here on business and would like to check out a new dojo, im only here for another week or so but it might still be worth it

"No matter your pretence, you are what you are and nothing more." - Kenshiro Abbe Shihan
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Old 11-15-2005, 10:34 AM   #9
Join Date: Nov 2005
Posts: 20
United Kingdom
Re: Hi all

Hi Steve,

I'm not a member of a dojo, but I'm going along to the one on City Road next week to have a look. There's a link at the beginning of this thread for the clubs, it's plasnewydd

Are you in the center? City Road is a turning of Newport Road
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