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Old 04-03-2007, 08:29 AM   #14
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Re: Aikido, Weight Lifting & Flexibility

Jeffrey Erb wrote: View Post
Greetings "Aikiwebers,"

Since I was in high school, I have lifted weights on a consistent basis. However, lately I have not been lifting as much as before and now feel that my ability to relax and be flexible during my Aikido training, especially while being uke/taking ukemi, has improved. I am wondering if the two are related. I vaguely remember reading somewhere that strength training is encouraged while training in Aikido, but that the training must be done so that the joints do not get stiff.

Has anyone else had this experience? Any advice on how to change my workout so that my Aikido is not hindered (if it hinders at all)?

I'd be really interested to hear from any personal trainers or people with specific experience in fitness training, but, of course, all replies and insights are welcome.


Read a biography on O'Sensei and you will find that he did alot of strength training and weight lifting. It may not have been modern weight lighting but his goal was to be as strong as he could.


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