I think the question in this poll assumes that the aikido instructor hasn't recently been in a major car wreck or is suffering from some kind of serious medical problem.
I don't think people are being overly judgemental regarding a normal, healthy person who just keeps getting fatter and fatter for no apparent reason.
I don't think students are expecting a perfect model of physical fitness -- just a decent example of someone to follow.
However, there are some people who are just naturally fat. I think that those people should be accepted for who they are, but those individuals should probably be making some kind of effort to keep their size down in an effort to reduce undue strain on the heart, especially as they get older. Aikido training may very well be a part of that effort.
Last edited by mike lee : 09-03-2002 at 08:18 AM.