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Old 01-03-2003, 10:33 AM   #19
Richard Harnack
Dojo: Aikido Institute of Mid-America
Location: Maplewood, Missouri
Join Date: Oct 2000
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I answered "Yes" with the understanding derived from being an old time cross country runner (back when the distances were measured in miles, not kilometers, thus a 5 mile race was a 5 mile race.) During the early parts of training and getting in shape my legs would ache ceaselessly, and my lungs felt as if they would burst. But as I got into shape, those things which "challenged" me early no longer did.

Should we endanger a student? No.

Should we push them past self-created limits? Yes.

The great runner Wilma Rudolph suffered from polio. She was challenged to exceed her limits and became a champion.

Yours In Aiki,
Richard Harnack
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