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Old 03-15-2012, 08:04 PM   #19
Mary Eastland
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Dojo: Berkshire Hills Aikido
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Re: Differences between female & male practitioners

I don't look at differences in gender but of experience.

Some people are more athletic than others.

Each uke brings a new experience. I enjoy each uke for who they are and what they bring. If I am feeling disappointment or frustration, I need to look within.

I work at being the best uke I can be. I attack at an appropriate speed and with appropriate force for the ukemi that I can take and that my nage can deal with.

In my dojo I encourage people to use their words. If something is too fast or hurts, the person should say so. Grunting or whining is not okay. Say what you mean and say it soon.

Thanks for a thought provoking post.

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