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Old 12-19-2005, 06:52 AM   #8
Mary Eastland
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Re: Poll: How helpful is visually examining techniques in learning aikido for you?

Eric Simmons wrote:
I can imagine a blind person learning aikido. For this reason, I technically should have voted "very helpful."

However, I voted "critically helpful." Certainly, if I were running a dojo, I wouldn't waste anyone's time trying to teach a blind man aikido and would consider the ability to see essential to learning aikido at my dojo.

That may seem insensitive to some, but to me it's realistic. If I were to go blind today, I would stop training.
Interesting observation. How could you possibly know how you would feel if you have no experience with this situation? Is your aikido only for the physically "perfect"?

We have a woman who is legally blind in our organization who is a second dan and and an iinstuctor with her own dojo.
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