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Old 03-16-2012, 01:41 PM   #43
Mary Eastland
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Re: Differences between female & male practitioners

Michael Hackett wrote: View Post
I try to take care of my training partners, regardless of gender. If they are fairly new, I will try to practice at their level and make sure I'm not throwing too hard or too softly unless they tell me differently. I trained last night with a senior who told me before we engaged that he didn't want to take any breakfalls because his hip was hurting him and he wanted to take care. I scaled back my technique to make sure he'd be there tomorrow evening for class. Gender is largely irrelevant in my view, but respect and care for my partners is paramount.
I love this...thank you, Michael.

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