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Old 09-22-2009, 06:26 PM   #31
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Dojo: Renshinkan
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Re: Test Passing Standards - What is it?

In my opinion, footwork is key in aikido
Footwork is only part of it. How a person moves is as important as where they move to. How is the posture held? How is tension dissipated?

If you aren't able to perform the footwork, or suwari-waza due to bad knees, or not being limber enough, or whatever, then you aren't adequate enough to progress through gradings, simple as that
I have bad knees, don't do suwari waza, and don't require it of my students. Does that disqualify me?

Also: my first post, so hello to everyone.
Hello and welcome.

Michael Hacker
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