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Creation Date: 08-04-2015 04:55 PM
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  #6 You are subscribed to this entry  New 07-17-2016 06:38 PM

I had put other posts on the guidelines here, but this one had too many links and pictures. I explored the guidelines for aikido practice for myself as I came to see them as a definition of aikido as the founder wanted it to be.

Some of the guidelines were the same through different translations, but the different translations varied widely on this topic.

Basics are not uniform. While many Yudansha from different associations and lineages have comparable abilities, I came to see beginners in the various associations are offered very different basic practices.

Solo practices are common or even mandatory in some styles; my Aikikai lineage focused more on partner practice. Seiza, Shikko, and Ukemi are important practices - but potentially harmful.

Warmups are not uniformly codified, and in my experience not even uniformly done.

Taiji is taught in several health care facilities in my area, including the cancer center where I work. Aikido doesn't have the same volume of data to support it's use in health care. I love what Janet Rosen has been working on!

My Taiji class has people in wheelchairs, on oxygen tanks, and attached to IV poles participating. The aikido dojo where I train has turned away students for much, much less. How are students with health challenges training in your own dojos?

Are we living up to the promise of O Sensei - "You won't find a healthier method!" I think there are areas I as a student and as a teacher could do better.
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