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…

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…

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.…

Today, I'm speaking with Amber Riles

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

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…