Re: When is long enough to long?
Long enough is when you realize you need to modify your training to be able to continue training. When your body says-yes, I can do that but is the price I have to pay and the impact on my future training worth it? What can I do to maintain a certain level of fitness without pounding the crap out of my body?
I think also one has to look at where your aikido is headed. As we age and physically deteriorate and approach our spiritual level, perhaps our aikido should move in that direction as well. Perhaps as a lifetime of training, aikido will serve us well to prepare for absorption into the universal ki. A movement beyond the physical to a more energy directed focus. The physical can only take you so far then you need to move beyond it.