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Old 08-18-2013, 11:06 AM   #1
Dojo: Union University Aikido
Location: Jackson, TN
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 40
Aikido Focused on Seniors

I was interested if anyone had implemented a class focused on seniors or the more elderly. If so, how are those classes structured what areas are focused on for this group? Taking traditional ukemi in the traditional sense isn't very practical or appealing for this age group (especially those just beginning). What is the age range for those who attend these classes?

I am running a nonprofit organization focusing on fall prevention and mobility issues and an important aspect of that is exercise and fitness issues. A lot of the general interest currently relating to seniors seems to be focused on tai chi as beneficial for seniors, but I was wondering how aikido might be adapted for this group. The focus would have to be much more on flexibility, mobility, fitness generally, with much smaller component being a martial arts component.

Thanks for any of your insights.

Blair Presson
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