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Old 02-17-2006, 01:38 PM   #11
MaryKaye
Dojo: Seattle Ki Society
Location: Seattle
Join Date: Dec 2003
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Re: Shikko, toes, ouch!

Some schools include toe warmups in their daily warmup routine: basically you sit cross-legged with one foot up and rub the toes, bend them back and forth, thump the sole of the foot, and roll the ankle. I find that I am less likely to hurt my toes if I do this.

Spending a small amount of time--not long enough to really hurt--every day sitting in toes-up seiza might help too.

Some of our senior people cannot tolerate toes-up position for any length of time. Their aikido is still excellent. So don't give up, even if your toes are never going to love suwari waza.

Mary Kaye
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