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Old 09-07-2011, 03:30 PM   #1
Mike Routen
Location: Gresham, OR
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 4
Questions on Yoshokai Aikido

Hello all,

I am new to the forum and new to Aikido. In fact I'm scheduled to start training in a few days! While I am very excited to start training, I do have some questions I hope you good folks can help me out with.

My son was in an Aikikai dojo a few years ago, so I got to observe quite a few lessons and techniques while he was in training and when I could I would stay after his class to observe the adult class.

I really enjoyed the smooth, flowing style of what I saw there.

The class that I am currently enrolled in is a Yoshokai dojo. Honestly it is the only dojo that I can currently afford. After watching a class at this dojo, I'm concerned that the style seems very robotic and not very smooth. I'm also concerned that they do a lot more high-falls and I'm not sure my back can take very much of that.

Can anyone here tell me if the Yoshokai style smooths out as one progresses? Or does it continue to have the stop-and-go type of movements? I truly do not mean to be disrespectful, just curious.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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