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Old 12-02-2009, 07:52 AM   #6
Neal Earhart
 
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Re: Cure for bad knees??

Hiya,

Linda's recommendation of seeing a qualified Physical Therapist is spot-on.

Your problem may be as simple as needing to strengthen your legs more, or there could be an underlying problem that needs to be addressed.

I've had 3 knee surgeries (2xL, 1xR). The most recent was this July. I am still doing the exercises the PT gave me, along with the stationary bike, and aikido.

The best thing I did for my knees, from an aikido perspective, was stopping suwari-waza and sitting in seiza.

Now, I sit cross-legged. When I teach class, I bow in and out cross-legged. The only time I am on my knees is when I'm demonstrating pins,

-N
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