Today, I’m speaking with Dan Shook, 7th Kyu

Today, I'm speaking with Dan Shook, 7th Kyu

Today, I’m speaking with Dan Shook, 7th Kyu. Weiner Sensei: What led you to Aikido? Dan-san: I was first introduced to Aikido during my time in college. The school had a diverse selection of athletic clubs and the Aikido Club was the one that resonated with me. When I found out recently that I lived…

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Today, I’m speaking with Joshua Baulch, 7th Kyu

Today, I’m speaking with Joshua Baulch, 7th Kyu. Weiner Sensei: What led you to Aikido? Josh-san: I participated in martial arts before, the primary one being brazilian ju jitsu. I was tired of the culture in ju jitsu, which primarily focused on MMA and beating the other person into submission. I wanted culture to be…

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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 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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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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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 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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