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Old 08-23-2004, 06:48 PM   #13
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Re: Poll: Is aikido suitable for absolutely everyone to learn?

I feel that Aikido is suitable for nearly everyone to learn. I have turned some people away because they were seeking training for the wrong reasons, to cause harm to others, and simply didn't need to be made more dangerous. There has been a focus on students with physical disabilities in this thread, I have trained with some such students. The experiences I've had were with a man with one arm amputated, a blind student, and a woman who was confined to a wheelchair. Each of these folks had success with their art, and the woman even thwarted an attempted purse snatching.

Mike Taylor
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