I was told recently to start training in aikido, due to the fact it has a lot of hand work and less lower body work. (keep in mind, I've had surgory on my one knee, and soon to have it again on both when my growth stops...) Anyways im 17, young and eager to learn a style which uses less foot work and more hand work, i can not kick as high as i used to, I used to have a black belt in tae kwan do, training under Char He, and Kim Sung Woo, i was directed on this forum to Aikido... I read many articles on Aikido, mostly seems this style uses your oppenents force against them and self defense. There are no dojo's around me that teach Aikido that I know of.
#2 and for those who are wise in this art, please tell me how your training is, i would one day like to dedicate my life to an art, hopefully move to japan, and start my own dojo. I am very dedicated and strong in spirit to do so. Someone who has studied this art please let me know your training schedule...i can still run miles..i can still do lots of things..just kicking irratates the inside of my knees cuasing inflamation; however after Im done growing, ill be fine from surgory...I need any advice out there im open minded and ready to learn!!!