Re: Poll: Is aikido suitable for absolutely everyone to learn?
I believe that there is something for everyone in studying Aikido. Different people will gain different "things" and some of those "things" would probably surprise the rest of us.
Unfortunately, in the last year I've spoken with three people who were unable to begin training because of medical conditions. One had a retina that was in danger of falling off if he hit his head, another had a hip replacement which couldn't/shouldn't be banged on the mat and the third had a pacemaker and medication to thin the blood so that he bruised far to easily and if he hit his head their was the possibility of blood clotting which might lead to a stroke.
I think that these three could have gotten something out of Aikido, but it would have been difficult and frustrating for them and their doctors advised (strongly advised?) against it.