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Having been missing Aikido for a very long time, I finally plucked up the courage to do something about it My boss Ali (who I originally introduced to this wonderful art ) was guest teaching a class at a nearby dojo, run by one of my good Aikido friends. Ok, I'll go along and watch, take a few photos, then when class is over I'll see if I can still roll...
Training ceased for me in October 2006 following a rear-end shunt on my car by an idiot who thought I'd moved on from the T-junction before I had. My lower back and tailbone were damaged, and I thought that was the end - I could no longer be thrown
Watching the class was fun, but I had to force myself to get on the mat and try to roll - I could so easily have chickened out - but I am no coward and made myself do it. A few gentle forward rolls, then a couple of backward rolls, and hey - I can still do it
Afterwards in the pub, Ivor Sensei who runs the club told me I'd be very welcome to come back, and that everybody would respect that I cannot be thrown in certain ways. This was great news!