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Old 10-16-2003, 06:54 AM   #17
Amelia Smith
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Dojo: Martha's Vineyard Aikido Club
Join Date: Apr 2003
Posts: 154
I've talked to at least one woman who came to aikido practice once and never came back because, she complained, she was being pushed into a roll. I'm sure there are others like her, and others who are so freaked out by the very idea of falling that they never come back after the first try. Maybe people who are more easily intimidated do better with beginners' classes, but I was happy to be thrown in with everyone else when I started. For me, frustration was much more of a problem than being afraid or intimidated.

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