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Jamie Raser
04-06-2009, 01:11 PM
I am introducing myself as suggested. I am 56 years old and have been interested in Aikido since I read an article in college, 35 years ago. I am finally getting around to looking into it. I am out of shape, very stiff, I don't like to fall down, I have a herniated disk at L5, and my right arm often feels tingly or numb.. Perfect, yes?
If anyone can help me find where to understand the differences between aikikai, ki, kobayashi, etc,, I would be grateful for any references.
If my back holds up, I'm sure you will hear from me again, with lots of questions.
Jamie Raser

04-06-2009, 01:42 PM
Hi Jamie,

Welcome to AikiWeb. You may be able to find answers to your questions in the AikiWeb AikiWiki (http://www.aikiweb.com/wiki) or on Kjartan's AikidoFAQ (http://www.aikidofaq.com) website.

-- Jun

04-06-2009, 07:21 PM

Larry Cuvin
04-07-2009, 10:32 AM
Hi Jamie, welcome to Aikiweb. Please consult your doctor before proceeding. Know your limitations and listen to your body. Like you, I also have a herniated disk also at L5. I started when I was 44and because of the disk herniation, was not able to do a lot of physical activity- I was very stiff. I used to have a tingly/numbness feeling on my right leg, not any more. Ki Aikido has helped me relax more, improve my balance and taught me proper movement so I can save my back. With the right teacher and attitude, aikido can really help. Good luck and if you decide to train, be patient with yourself.