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Now Mark, you study, or you do Aikido.
Is that right?

Um, yeah, I started studying Aikido when I was
about 15 years old.
OK, and what got you interested in Aikido?
Well, I saw a demonstration at a church one
time and I immediately fell in love with it, and
it works out great because I'm not that big of
a guy and Aikido is a kind of martial art where
small people can throw big people.
OK. Do you get a lot of chances to throw big
people?

Well, not recently, but definitely when I was
practicing, when I was studying, it would be
interesting because some big guys would
come into the class and they wanted to show
that they were very tough, and, but usually
they were the easiest to throw.

Because they have the extra weight?
Well, yeah, because they attacked and they,
in their lives, they're so used to using lots
of strength, so their attack would be very hard
and in Aikido, the harder you attack, the easier
it is to throw.
OK, now, what interests you, or what do you
like the most about Aikido?

Well, I guess at first, like any martial art, I just
like the idea of I can protect, you know defend
myself if someone attacks me, but later, I just
really enjoyed the exercise of it, and you learn
some really cool techniques that, how to take
someone off balance or to throw them and it's
really easy after you study it for awhile.
Interesting. Thanks.