My name is Alan Nykamp. I am currently staying at a spiritual community Gobind Sadan (The House of God without Walls) and learning a great deal about the truths of all religions and their practical applications in life from my great teacher His Holiness Baba Virsa Singh Ji. I am originally from Michigan, U.S.A.

I decided to take Aikido because it was a physical discipline with a strong spiritual foundation. I was looking for a physical activity, which would also compliment my spiritual endeavor, and Aikido was the perfect match.

I have not practiced any other martial arts regularly before, but I did play college football. When I was younger I also played baseball and loved weightlifting. I also practiced to become a professional wrestler for about 6 months, before I decided it wasn't for me.

I have been practicing Aikido for roughly 3 months now. I believe I started sometime in May, 2005.

Since practicing Aikido I have a strong sense of well-being and confidence, which allows me to be more open and receptive with people. Also, on a physical level I have lost about 10 kgs and have much more energy than before. Although, we work hard during our training, at the end of the class I feel charged with a great deal of positive energy.

Alan Nykamp
(July' 2005)