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Old 06-24-2010, 08:55 PM   #8
Dojo: NY Aikikai
Location: Brooklyn
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 31
Re: Does one's size or weight affect one's Aikido?

I'm tiny and basically made of styrofoam--very light. In some ways, this helps me. I try to muscle people all the time, but I rarely succeed. I am forced by most of my uke to understand the principles and not clothesline, push or pull. I also feel like my relative lightness helps my ukemi in some ways. It's relatively easy to fly, easy to get up.

But I also have a hard time feeling heavy, feeling the underside of the circle, feeling even the soles of my feet on the mat can be a challenge.
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