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Old 08-22-2004, 07:13 PM   #5
Location: Miami, FL
Join Date: Aug 2000
Posts: 453
Re: Poll: Is aikido suitable for absolutely everyone to learn?

Mathijs Terwel wrote:
Why not? I even read on a site that someone in a wheelchair was able to do it. Of course you're not able to do it when your whole body is paralyzed, but I don't think those people really count...

My uncle is paralyzed from the neck down. I assure you, he really counts. The poll stated "absolutely everyone," and he is someone.

He cannot train on the mats, but he is a kind, wise man whose philosophy sometimes coincides with Aikido philosophy. One problem is that keiko and Aikido philosophy go hand in hand to some extent. Therefore, one could gain from reading Aikido books, but--without training--could not truly call him/herself an Aikidoka.

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