I’m speaking with Kelsey Cillo, 6th Kyu

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I’m speaking with Kelsey Cillo, 6th Kyu Weiner Sensei: Kelsey-san, What led you to Aikido? Kelsey-san: I’ve always felt like I wanted to know more about self-defense, but I really wanted to pick the martial art that was right for me. I had thought about other striking arts like karate, but ultimately I felt like…

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I’m speaking with Jim Plunkett, 2nd Kyu

I'm speaking with Jim Plunkett, 2nd Kyu

I’m speaking with Jim Plunkett, 2nd Kyu Weiner Sensei: Jim-san, What led you to Aikido? Jim-san: I have always had a passion for Martial Arts, even if I did not have the opportunity to actually practice. In the early 80’s, while in High School, I remember reading Zen in the Martial Arts by Joe Hyams.…

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I’m speaking with Jack Freund, 2nd Kyu

I'm speaking with Jack Freund, 2nd Kyu,

I’m speaking with Jack Freund, 2nd Kyu Weiner Sensei: Jack-san, What led you to Aikido? Jack-san: I first learned about Aikido while I was a youth studying Hapkido and Tang Soo Do. Some of my friends there were also taking Aikido classes and would tell me about the intense, vigorous classes. Later in life, I…

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I’m speaking with Zahid Buttar, 3rd Kyu

I'm speaking with Zahid Buttar, 3rd Kyu

I’m speaking with Zahid Buttar, 3rd Kyu Weiner Sensei: Z-san, What led you to Aikido? Z-san: I wanted to learn self defense and the timing in my life was right. Atfer I started I realized this was the thing that could help my mobility and health as I age. Weiner Sensei:  How would you describe…

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I’m speaking with Chuck Burgess, 4th Kyu

I'm speaking with Chuck Burgess, 4th Kyu

I’m speaking with Chuck Burgess, 4th Kyu Weiner Sensei: Chuck-san, What led you to Aikido? Chuck-san: My mother is mixed Japanese-Filipino and I grew up very close to her side of the family. I’ve been involved in a marital art ever since I was a little kid and I had always wanted to try Aikido…

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I’m speaking with Michael Grande, 5th Kyu

I'm speaking with Michael Grande, 5th Kyu

I’m speaking with Michael Grande, 5th Kyu Weiner Sensei: Michael-san, What led you to Aikido? Michael-san: Back when I was studying Criminal Justice in college, an acquaintance introduced me to Aikido through a club on campus. Compared to “hard style” martial arts I previous practiced, I quickly found extraordinary benefit in how Aikido practically applied…

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Tips for Seminar Training

Tips for Seminar Training

Here are some Tips for Seminar Training As we enter this Saturday with the 50th Anniversary of Aikido Center of Atlanta featuring the highest level of instruction led by Yamada Sensei, 8th Dan, Shihan, USAF Chief Instructor along with Peter Bernath, 7th Dan, Shihan, USAF Technical Committee and Penny Bernath, 6th Dan, Shihan, Senior Instructor…

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I’m speaking with Ed Haponik, 2nd Dan

I'm speaking with Ed Haponik, 2nd Dan

I’m speaking with Ed Haponik, 2nd Dan Weiner Sensei: Ed-san, What led you to Aikido? Ed-san: I came to aikido through my study of Japanese swordsmanship. I’d studied martial arts throughout my youth, but I really gravitated toward aikido’s spiritual component and its philosophy of seeking harmony instead of domination. Weiner Sensei:  How would you…

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