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Old 06-25-2009, 10:01 AM   #24
Karo
Join Date: May 2009
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Re: Training when you can't train (injured newbie)?

Linda,

It's great that you were able to go back to class already!

If you still want some low-impact training ideas for outside the class, something that we've been doing recently in my dojo might be helpful. Our Sensei had us do all the normal standing aiki taiso (irimi tenkan, mawari, eight-direction exercise, etc.) with our eyes closed. Very challenging! At least for me, because I have no sense of balance to speak of...

I've been thinking for a while that doing some exercises, and even techniques, with eyes closed might be interesting; but it was shocking to find to what extent it does really change your perception. For me, at least, it was much easier to focus and feel my center and my position in space when not distracted by visual input.

Now, if I could only stop falling over with every turn...

Karo
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