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Old 03-17-2002, 06:14 PM   #18
Jonathan
Dojo: North Winnipeg Aikikai
Location: Winnipeg, Canada
Join Date: Oct 2001
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Just a quick word about the injury potential in Aikido training. One guy I have trained with has had more training-related injuries than any other ten aikidoka I know. He has broken his toes, a knee, an elbow, separated his shoulder (4th degree), and torn wrist and hamstring ligaments. The only thing to which I can attribute his injuries is being flat-footed and heavy. When he learned to move his whole body in response to applied technique and stay light on his feet he stopped getting injured. This list of training injuries is unique to this fellow (I think) but demonstrates what he means when he says, "Aikido isn't knitting class!"

I doubt you'll ever encounter such damage from training but I also doubt you'll avoid some minor sprains and strains altogether. Just goes with the territory...

"Iron sharpens iron; so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend."
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