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Old 04-07-2012, 01:53 AM   #4
philipsmith
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Re: Should obese aikidoka do break falls?

I think we need to be carefu lwith the term obese.
I've been technically obese for many years (BMI 35) but with a body fat of between 26-28% (still high but not disasterous) - all of my injuries came when I was young, lean and fit.

I still take ukeme after 40 years training and this has no effect on my body other than to loosen up stiff joints.
Recently I also looked at the factors involved in injury in Aikido for a masters project and found the only correlation was number of training sessions per week (more than 4 significantly increases the risk)
So I would say "obese" aikidoka have two chooses - develop better ukeme or get leaner
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