Grab My Wrist

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Hi, my name is Linda Eskin. In May of 2009, at age 46, I came to Aikido to improve my horsemanship. It's become about much more than that for me.

Aikido is a Japanese martial art. It's not about fighting. It's about being aware and responsive, not defensive or reactive. We learn to work with others and with circumstances, rather than opposing them. I train with Dave Goldberg Sensei at Aikido of San Diego.

I speak from my own experiences - technical and philosophical, physical and spiritual. I discuss training and writing, learning and teaching, seminars and meditation, freedom and discipline. Underneath it all, it's about connecting, with ourselves and others.

Everything I say here is just what I say. Don't believe me. Find out for yourself at a dojo near you.


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A LITTLE ABOUT ME
Most of the posts here are duplicates of my posts from my blog on AikiWeb.com, a very active and friendly community of Aikido students and teachers. If you are a member of AikiWeb, and would like to comment, please do so there.

I am a beginning student of Aikido, a martial art that, like horsemanship, takes a lifetime to master. These posts are only my own observations on my own experience. You should not rely on anything I say here. Any inept or incorrect information is my own responsibility, and should not be a reflection on others.

I am grateful to Dave Goldberg Sensei for being an extraordinary teacher, and for creating an engaged, thinking, and compassionate community of students and teachers at Aikido of San Diego. If you are in the area, visitors are always welcome to observe classes. If you are a student at another local dojo, keep an eye on our dojo calendar for upcoming seminars and other events.

Copyright © 2009-2014, Linda Eskin. Please feel free to share any of my poetry, online, or in print, keeping my name and any other acknowledgments with it. I will almost certainly be happy to let you use anything else I've posted here, with proper attribution, but please ask first.

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My Aikido Teachers

This is sort of a sister post to My Aikido Timeline. Here I’ll try to keep track of all the teachers I’ve had the privilege of training under. They are listed starting at the beginning, with most recent additions at the bottom, in order by the first time I trained with each. I will be adding to this post over time. Putting this list together just reminds me of how extraordinarily fortunate I am to have had this breadth of experience.

Dave Goldberg Sensei
Chief Instructor, Aikido of San Diego
May 5, 2009 - My first day of Aikido training
To Present - Hundreds of training days, many workshops, and seminars.

Mike Coit
Instructor, Aikido of San Diego
May 9, 2009 - My second day of training, and many classes since.

Karen Kustejo
Instructor, Aikido of San Diego
May, 2009 to Present - Many classes.  

Jay Palm
Instructor, Aikido of San Diego
May, 2009 to Present - Many classes. 

Megan Palm
Instructor, Aikido of San Diego
May, 2009 to Present - Many classes.    

Andy
Instructor, Aikido of San Diego
May - December 2009 - Various classes (mostly weapons).  

Cyril Poissonnet
Instructor, Aikido of San Diego
May, 2009 to Present - Many classes.   

Jason Lim
Instructor, Aikido of San Diego
May, 2009 to Present - Many classes (mostly weapons).  

Michael Hancock
Instructor, Aikido of San Diego
May, 2009 to Present - Many classes.   

Robert Nadeau Shihan
July, 2009 - Seminar at Aikido of San Diego
April, 2010 - Seminar at Aikido of San Diego
June, 2011 - CAA Aiki Retreat, Atherton, CA
July, 2011 - Seminar, Aikido of San Diego

Kayla Feder Sensei
September, 2009 - Fall Retreat, Aikido of San Diego

Hiroshi Ikeda Shihan
January, 2010 - Aikido Bridge Friendship Seminar, San Diego
January, 2011 - Aikido Bridge Friendship Seminar, San Diego
June, 2011 - CAA Aiki Retreat, Atherton, CA
January, 2012 - Aikido Bridge Friendship Seminar, San Diego

Frank Doran Shihan
January, 2010 - Aikido Bridge Friendship Seminar, San Diego
January, 2011 - Aikido Bridge Friendship Seminar, San Diego
June, 2011 - CAA Aiki Retreat, Atherton, CA
January, 2012 - Aikido Bridge Friendship Seminar, San Diego

Christian Tissier Shihan 
January, 2010 - Aikido Bridge Friendship Seminar, San Diego
January, 2011 - Aikido Bridge Friendship Seminar, San Diego
January, 2012 - Aikido Bridge Friendship Seminar, San Diego

Wilko Vriesman Sensei
January, 2010 - Aikido Bridge Friendship Seminar, San Diego

Francis Takahashi Shihan
January, 2010 - Aikido Bridge Friendship Seminar, San Diego

Morihiko Murashige Shihan
January, 2010 - Aikido Bridge Friendship Seminar, San Diego

Mary Heiny Sensei
September, 2010 - Seminar, Aikido of San Diego
June, 2011 - CAA Aiki Retreat, Atherton, CA
October, 2011 - Seminar, Aikido of San Diego 

Lloyd McClellan, Shodan
January 2011 - Teaching his first class, Aikido of San Diego

Patrick Cassidy Sensei
2010 - Seminar, Aikido of San Diego
February, 2011 - Gasshuku, Aikido of San Diego

Jeff Sodeman Sensei
Spring/Summer, 2011 - Two ukemi seminars, Jiai Aikido, San Diego
January, 2012 - Aikido Bridge Friendship Seminar, San Diego

Michael Friedl Sensei
June, 2011 - CAA Aiki Retreat, Atherton, CA

Alan Best Sensei
June, 2011 - CAA Aiki Retreat, Atherton, CA

Frank Blocksberg Sensei
June, 2011 - CAA Aiki Retreat, Atherton, CA

Greg O’Connor Sensei
June, 2011 - CAA Aiki Retreat, Atherton, CA
January, 2012 - Aikido Bridge Friendship Seminar, San Diego

Denise Barry Sensei 
June, 2011 - CAA Aiki Retreat, Atherton, CA

Michele Simone Sensei
June, 2011 - CAA Aiki Retreat, Atherton, CA

Chetan Prakash Sensei
Summer, 2011 - Jo Seminar, Redlands Aikikai 

Mitsugu Saotome Shihan
September, 2011 - Seminar, Redlands Aikikai

Kevin Choate Sensei
Fall, 2011 (?) - Saotome Seminar, Redlands Aikikai 

Troy Farrow Sensei
January, 2012 - Aikido Bridge Friendship Seminar, San Diego

George Ledyard Sensei
January, 2012 - Aikido Bridge Friendship Seminar, San Diego

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