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Old 03-18-2012, 09:26 PM   #14
Dan Rubin
Dojo: Boulder Aikikai
Location: Denver, Colorado
Join Date: Feb 2002
Posts: 359
Re: Adult Ranks for Children

Amir Krause wrote: View Post
If they practice like adults, perform Ukemi like adults (often, much better, kids love to jump and fly), perform technique like adults (beware, at 15-17, they get strength multiplication and uke joints should feel it), and of course, behave like adults.
At 16 years of age, even older and definitely anyone younger, the growth plates at the ends of bones are not hardened. If teenagers might be in a class the teacher should make himself or herself familiar with growth plates.

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