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Initially, I began studying Aikido with Master Soengkono as a type of respiratory therapy to aid in my fight with my Cystic Fibrosis. However, the benefits I have received encompass much more than mere physical improvement.

Through Aikido, Master Soengkono has helped me erase the words “I can’t” from my vocabulary and replace them with “determination” and “achievement”.

This has helped me not only in the Dojo, but in my overall health and wellbeing. Through Aikido, and the way it was presented to our class, I have been able to look at obstacles, both health-related and in my day-to-day situations, as challenges to be met and overcome. I look forward to my continued training with Shihan Soengkono and to the many achievements and improvements which will no doubt result from the skills which have been so graciously passed down to me by Soengkono Sensei.


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