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Old 03-03-2006, 11:48 AM   #24
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Dojo: Aikido of Midland
Location: Midland Texas
Join Date: Dec 2000
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Re: Training over 50

I'm soon to hit 57. I teach 5 days a week, about 9 hours a week. I still take ukemi, although right now I'm nursing a bad shoulder. I take ukemi mostly when going around and trying to feel what my students are doing or when pairing up with some on odd numbers in class. It's hard to spend too much time doing ukemi and working with correcting technique if the class is big-I'm getting quite a few beginners lately. I don't do much knee work: meniscus surgery on one and need it on the other, hyalgan shots helped. I have assistants that have good knees and I let them do more of it. I can do it but pay a price for several days. I definitely don't take as many high falls although we have been working on soft ones and that helps.
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