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Old 07-28-2009, 10:21 PM   #14
Janet Rosen
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Re: Knees and Shoulders - avoiding damage

Kevin, thanks for your input. I started aikido as an out of shape 41 yr old; I'm in some ways in better shape now at 54 but....blew out my knee, needed surgery and rehab and ended up with terrible arthritis in it....I've definitely changed my approach to ukemi - but to some degree it's by asserting my needs as a partially disabled person; a newbie to aikido (unless he had a pre-existing condition the instructor agreed to work around) wouldn't have a prayer of going against dojo conventions in most places.

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