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Old 06-06-2012, 05:12 PM   #17
Rob Watson
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Re: Begining training in Aikido

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Paul Bird wrote: View Post
Hi Kenneth

Thanks for your welcome and reply. Sound advice re stretching and something I've already started. Quick question though, sorry if this sounds daft, but how do I strengthen below my knee?

And for everyone, do you have a favorite cardio machine you use? Why?

Thanks again for all your advice

Paul
Stand on a stair or a brick or a piece of wood ~2" thick with just your toes and lift yourself up and down slowly for as many times as you can. The rest of your foot hangs off the perch. Basically press up/push ups but with your toes.

Kind of like this http://orthopedics.about.com/od/spra...fstretch_2.htm

Except not so high up and use both feet together. In a pinch just go up on tippy toes but the slight elevation from a board really ups the ante!

"In my opinion, the time of spreading aikido to the world is finished; now we have to focus on quality." Yamada Yoshimitsu

Ultracrepidarianism ... don't.
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