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Old 02-11-2011, 02:24 PM   #6
Michael Hackett
Dojo: Kenshinkan Dojo (Aikido of North County) Vista, CA
Location: Oceanside, California
Join Date: Oct 2000
Posts: 1,240
Re: New To Martial Arts - Aikikai Aikido

Hi Terry,
I started at the tender age of 56 myself. If you are in generally good physical condition you should have no problem. If you aren't you probably won't have any significant problems either. Just pay attention to your own body and go at your own pace. There is nothing written in stone that you have to be capable of every exercise or technique in the beginning. There will probably be a number of much younger folks on the mat with you and some will be incredible athletes. In time you will be able to do virtually everything they do. Getting past the frustration is the hardest lesson I had to learn. But when it is all said and done, Aikido is simply fun to practice no matter how "hard" your school is and how challenging the training is. Enjoy and don't make yourself crazy.

"Leave the gun. Bring the cannoli."
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