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AikiWeb System 09-08-2002 12:01 AM

AikiWeb Poll for the week of September 8, 2002:

Do you think your current aikido teacher is in good physical condition?
  • I don't do aikido
  • Yes
  • No
Here are the current results.

Ta Kung 09-08-2002 06:26 AM

My teacher is old and rather small. But I remember the first time he did morote dori kokyo on me. Eventhough I held on as hard as I could, I threw me like a bag of potatoes. I was pretty impressed... and I still am.

rachmass 09-08-2002 07:28 AM

The current head of our dojo is young, and in excellent condition. Our Sensei, who is in his mid-50's, has had lots of health problems, and is not in very good physical condition, but his aikido is certainly strong. I am sure that in his hey-day (I have known him only for 10 years), he was in great shape.

Edward 09-09-2002 12:47 AM

Considering my teacher's age (60), he's in perfect physical condition. I wish I had half of his strength and power. Not only that, but he does ukemi as silent and gracious as a cat, and he can outdrink every body at the table :)

Ghost Fox 09-09-2002 06:14 AM

Do you think your current aikido teacher is in good physical condition?

I have two Yudansha at my dojo that I consider my aikido teachers. One's a 55 yr. Old defensive tactic instructor for the police and the other is a 29 year old ex-army Ranger. Both are in phenomenal shape.

The 55 year old puts all the young bucks in the dojo to shame.

peteswann 09-09-2002 07:03 AM

The Head of our dojo has suffered bad health problems for some time now (including an aneurism - he was back on the mat in about 6 weeks IIRC) but doesn't seem overly concerned by them himself!! He still teaches 2-3 times a week and is so subtle in his technique it is hard to figure how he does it!!! (from the perspective of a 2.5yr experience!!)

My actual teachers, ie sempai who regularly teach classes, are all pretty fit and flexible!! Myself though, change the i to an a and you get me!! ;o)

Genex 09-11-2002 07:09 AM

My sensei is around his early 40's he is about 5'7" and has a beer belly ish, salt and pepper hair, however i have never seen someone ukemi so silently its asif he doesnt even touch the floor, to look at him in every day you would assume he is the regular working guy in his early 40's but get him on the mat and he'll throw you 20 ft before you've even begun to think about why his hand isnt where it was a second ago.

Much respect to my sensei.


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