James P. Yakura wrote:
My name is Jay Yakura. This fall I returned to Aikido after almost 20 years of being away (with a couple short failing tries to get back)....
Welcome back - I returned to Aikido about 2 1/2 years ago after a 25 year break. At first you might find yourself frustrated because your techniques just do not seem to work the way you remember them to. However, after awhile things will start to fall in place and click the way you remember them. Also, you may find that you do not bounce up off the mat as crisply as you did when you were 20 years younger - just take it easy and adjust your effort accordingly.