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Creation Date: 10-22-2009 11:47 AM
Daisy Luu
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In General Vertical Impairment Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #41 New 01-27-2011 11:55 AM
Vertical Impairment I have always known the world from this petite point of view, from this five-foot frame that puts me mostly neck- or sometimes chest-level with those whom I am facing. When I need to react quickly to an attack, I focus on people's torsos and not their eyes, anticipating how the body draws back for a punch, or how the hips shift to gear up for a kick. Used to this perspective, I do not usually notice how tiny I am until I see pictures of myself lined up with other people. Sometimes, I overcompensate by lifting my arms too high for an ikkyo, or reaching up too far when attacking with a shomenuchi. I do this unconsciously, but Sensei keeps me in check, lectures me about being sure to bring my training partner down to my level.

I guess I've chosen the perfect art, founded by a man who was roughly my height. In aikido, the taller person adjusts in order to do an effective technique, and the shorter person stays in his or her comfort zone. I've heard my fair share of short jokes, and I've gotten used to sassing back, "Try living off rice and salt or rationed sardines for your growing years and see how tall you grow to be." Yes, I feel dwarfed in what seems like a dojo—and often a world—filled with giants. Yes, when someone runs at me full-forced during jiyu-waza, I fight a brief moment of panic at the idea of being steam-rolled into the mat. Yes, it's a challenge when you've got less muscles and tiny hands and wrists. But just because you are short, it doesn't mean that you're not confident. And just because you are small, it doesn't mean that you can't be strong. We all have our uphill battles, things to overcome to get our aikido "just right." The sooner we embrace the challenges, the faster we can start working on conquering them. Besides—the weather is great down here.
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#4 02-01-2011 12:41 PM
Daisy Luu Says:
Thanks, everyone, for the encouragement. Billy, glad you are enjoying the blog. 7th Dan, phew! I guess even short legs can take you far.
#3 01-31-2011 08:50 AM
Makochan Says:
Hi Daisy, I liked your blog a lot. O Sensei was quite a small man, but what power? Another good friend of mine Mutsuko Minegishi Sensei just received her 7th Dan in Japan. She is about 5ft, size was never a problem for her. Look her up on Youtube, I think you will like what you see. Kindest, Billy
#2 01-27-2011 03:35 PM
ninjaqutie Says:
Lovely! I especially liked this line.
And just because you are small, it doesn't mean that you can't be strong.
#1 01-27-2011 02:44 PM
guest1234567 Says:
Hi Daisy, You sure are doing great, yes for some techniques it is an advantage beeing tiny and short. And as we say in Spain The best perfume comes in small bottles Nice post!

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