Not just the beginning of our school, but the beginnings of Aikido, here in Jacksonville.
Posted below are a few pictures I found in the archives. Some background: The group shots were taken at Mark Spivak’s Institute and Dance Extension, from 1996 to 1998. Buck and Herve are training at the Jewish Community Alliance, also about 1998. These are some of our earliest students, pioneers really, helping to establish a new martial art in the Jacksonville area.
As always, my deepest gratitude to Dee, Mike, and Buck, who’ve kept the flame burning all these years.
It’s a debt I can never repay.