Group photo of members of Aikido of San Diego, on the mat and dressed in training uniforms, following Ana Allen's 1st-kyu exam. Photo by Christine Cessna.
Aikido of San Diego members after Ana Allen's 1st kyu exam - Photo by her daughter, Christine Cessna

Linda Eskin — Writing About Aikido Since 2009

One of my favorite sempai, Johnathon Purcell, tested for shodan yesterday. Here is slo-mo video of his first throw in his new hakama.
He started at Aikido of San Diego when he was 11 years old. He’s off to college at UC Berkeley on Wednesday. He’s a perceptive and thoughtful student and teacher, kind and highly competent. I’ve been very fortunate to train with him since I started practicing Aikido in May. I and our whole dojo are going to miss him something awful. If you’re up that way, perhaps he’ll turn up at your dojo.

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