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Old 08-24-2005, 09:19 PM   #3
Peter Goldsbury
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Re: Aikido survivors

Hello Rupert,

I have never come across yudansha quitting aikido because of declining skill: at least yudansha who will openly admit to this.

I know some half-dozen yudansha who have stopped aikido altogether and it is obvious from their training up to this point that their skill level has not been declining. I am well aware that you have to adapt the way you train to cope with advancing age, but this is not what I mean. You have to do this with anyway.

The reasons for quitting have invariably been 'political'. They have had serious arguments with their instructors or Dojo-cho, or have serious issues with the way their dojo or organization is being run.

Best wishes,

P A Goldsbury
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