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Old 05-30-2002, 01:48 PM   #13
Dojo: North Winnipeg Aikikai
Location: Winnipeg, Canada
Join Date: Oct 2001
Posts: 265
Well, as a former powerlifter who stills trains with weights regularly (though somewhat more mildly), I can tell you that what physical bulk I have has not been a particular hindrance to my Aikido. I was told by a yondan once that I would never reach shodan if I continued to work out at the gym. Presently, I am closing in on sandan.

The only trouble that i have in Aikido from weightlifting is very stiff shoulders. When sensei applies nikyo osae it is very unpleasant. I am working to develop greater flexibility in this joint, but it is slow going.

I would wholeheartedly recommend weightlifting. If I'm going to be impeded by bulk i'd rather it was muscle than fat!

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