Re: Aikido practicality
I would suggest you contact Patrick Auge Sensei of Yoseikan in Orange County and visit that dojo. Another worth looking at is Orange County Aikikai and Brendon Ishisaka Sensei. They are located at 610 E. Katella in Orange. Old time dojo, started in 1964 and good, good people there. I don't recall where Auge Sensei is located now, I think it is Irvine. He is a great instructor and their art is awesome. Yet another is James Nakiyama Sensei of Chushinkan Dojo. I'm not sure where they physically are now, but they are in the OC. Steve Wasserman Sensei is dojo cho of Seal Beach Aikido. Wasserman Sensei is also a DC and RN, so he could be helpful with your back problems in addition to aikido training. So, there's four different places in your neck of the woods that are well worth visiting and considering. Good luck on your quest.