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Old 09-18-2005, 06:08 AM   #1
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Aikido for the disabled

Here is a site which details the above topic:

Disabled Aikido

I think this is absolutely great! Why should people in wheel chairs be limited? I would like to hear from other people about what they think. Again I think this is great and gives people an opportunity!
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Old 09-18-2005, 07:59 AM   #2
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Re: Aikido for the disabled

I recommend a Google search for Molly Hale Sensei. She is "on wheels", and a featured instructor at this year's Aiki Expo in Los Angeles. Her story is all the inspiration that any disabled person needs to train in Aikido.
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Old 09-18-2005, 09:43 AM   #3
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Re: Aikido for the disabled

Clark Bateman wrote:
I recommend a Google search for Molly Hale Sensei. She is "on wheels", and a featured instructor at this year's Aiki Expo in Los Angeles. Her story is all the inspiration that any disabled person needs to train in Aikido.
I did the workshop with her at the Aiki Expo 05. We did all the techniques out of a chair to get the feel of being in a wheelchair. Her ability to capture your center and throw you was brilliant, her eyes and smile charming, and her courage inspirational. Really impacted me and the way I look at Aikido and "disabilities".

There was another Sensei at the Las Vegas Expo 03 (sorry, I am bad with names) who demonstrated with one arm, a great smile, and brillant technique.

Lynn Seiser PhD
Yondan Aikido & FMA/JKD
We do not rise to the level of our expectations, but fall to the level of our training. Train well. KWATZ!
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Old 09-18-2005, 04:28 PM   #4
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Re: Aikido for the disabled


Just thought I'd chip in with the fact that I'm a (newly started) beginner in Aikido and I'm a wheelchair user. My disabilities (plural) are a challenge for both me, my class and sensei but there are very few things that, thus far, I have found can't be adapted. I just started learning jo-kata and aiki-jo. Of course, I have the benefit of having the use of my legs (they just can't support my bodyweight) so I can maneuvre somewhat without using my hands; I hope that eventually this ability will give me an added advantage

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