Thread: Absent Patellae
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Old 02-11-2006, 11:25 AM   #8
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Re: Absent Patellae

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Mark Freeman wrote:
Bryan,
difficult one, your call, good luck.

I did watch a 3rd dan grading many years ago, the woman taking it was about 5/6 months pregnant. She was only about 5' tall and had quite a 'bump' on front. There were audible gasps in the dojo when she faced a live tanto attack directed at the stomach. She just smiled throughout and dealt with it as if it was no big deal, Awesome!
She didn't have to make ukemi though.

Cheers
Mark
I wouldn't be so bothered about someone who's been practicing for a while continuing to practice whilst pregnant, certainly not someone going for sandan. I'm more worried because she's a first timer, more chance of her perhaps losing balance, certainly less aware on the mat so may not be able to avoid someone falling infront of/ into her etc.

A difficult problem is easily solved by asking yourself the question, "Just how would the Lone Ranger handle this?"
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