Today, I’m speaking with Karen Chacko, 6th Kyu

Today, I'm speaking with Karen Chacko, 6th Kyu

Today, I’m speaking with Karen Chacko, 6th Kyu. Weiner Sensei: What led you to Aikido? Karen-san: I had done some martial arts with my older children. When my youngest son expressed an interest in learning martial arts with me, I looked for something that emphasized the discipline and mental practice of martial arts, and self-defense.…

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Today, I’m speaking with Amber Riles, 6th Kyu

Today, I'm speaking with Amber Riles

Today, I’m speaking with Amber Riles, 6th Kyu. Weiner Sensei: What led you to Aikido? Amber-san: I’d been in karate for 8+ years before I found Aikido. My father is a passionate man and collects martial arts books, he’d tell me about different fighting styles leading me to pursue answers on my own. Aikido struck…

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Today, I’m speaking with Jim Hyde, 2nd Dan

Today, I'm speaking with Jim Hyde, 2nd Dan

Today, I’m speaking with Jim Hyde, 2nd Dan. Weiner Sensei: What led you to Aikido? Jim-san: I always wanted to do marital arts. When I got out of college, I did research into what style I was interested in and Aikido was at the top of the list, because it had a reputation of being…

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Today, I’m speaking with Lynne Marr, 4th Kyu

Today, I'm speaking with Lynne Marr, 4th Kyu

Today, I’m speaking with Lynne Marr, 4th Kyu. Weiner Sensei: What led you to Aikido? Lynne-san: I found Aikido by accident. I’d always been athletic and had an interest in martial arts but didn’t know enough about them to choose. In my early 20’s I dated a fellow that trained in Ki Aikido and I…

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Today, I’m speaking with Jonathan Tucker, 3rd Kyu

Today, I'm speaking with Jonathan Tucker, 3rd Kyu

Today, I’m speaking with Jonathan Tucker, 3rd Kyu. Weiner Sensei: What led you to Aikido? Jonathan-san: I did a lot of research. I had a lot of options I but I knew for sure at 30 years old I wasn’t excited about punching bricks and kneeing anything. I watched a lot of Steven Seagal when…

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Weapons Seminar Recap

Weapons Seminar Recap

Weapons Seminar Recap Morning Classes Recap By Jack Freund, 2nd Kyu. Kumitachi with Sensei Ed Haponik. The morning session covered two really great topics: Kumi Tachi and Tanto Tori. These are typically Shodan and above level wazas, but are still accessible to many senior-level kyu students. In the Kumi Tachi class with Sensei Haponik, we…

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Today, I’m speaking with Casey Roadcap, 6th Kyu

Today, I'm speaking with Casey Roadcap, 6th Kyu

Today, I’m speaking with Casey Roadcap, 6th Kyu Weiner Sensei: What led you to Aikido? Casey-san:I have a young daughter and I strongly believe she needs to learn and be proficient at self-defense. I became friends with an Aikido of Charlotte student who shared how Aikido is an excellent martial art for women because you…

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Aikido is frustrating. It’s supposed to be.

Aikido is frustrating. It’s supposed to be.

Aikido is frustrating. It’s supposed to be. You’re sitting there. Your legs hurt after a bunch of suwari-waza. The instructor demonstrates a technique, and you can tell there’s some subtlety to it. He shows it 3 times, pronounces its name, and says “Ok, partners”… and there you are, left mainly to your own devices. You…

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Today, I’m speaking with Brent Goodroe, 1st Kyu

Today, I'm speaking with Brent Goodroe, 1st Kyu

Today, I’m speaking with Brent Goodroe, 1st Kyu Weiner Sensei: What led you to Aikido? Brent-san: A combination of things. Seeing Steven Seagal in the movies in the 90’s, my best friend practicing for a bunch of years and also having been around the dojo culture prior to joining and realizing that everyone there had…

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