Where to start
I trained in traditional Iwama style for nine years, visited seminars of Morihiro and Hitohiro Saito, Tomita and others, but have never had to leave England to do so.
Aikido to me was a way of controlling my nervous energy, relaxation and a confidence booster. This martial art made and helped me think about technique, form, and a way of using one's body to defend themselves against attack and also personnel
fitness in cohesion.
Suddenly, roughly five years ago now, I damaged my hip, mainly due to falling badly, which i recovered from unyet i was to suffer
more problems associated with my spine. Finally
after having a scan, a slipped disc in my lower spine
was diagnosed and the doctor told me not to participate in any sport, especially martial arts.
I really miss the benefits of Aikido and wish i could
participate again, but am too afraid after the scan
which showed my disc in my spinal fluid column.
I am now thirty five and still train with my wooden sticks in the garden but am lacking in practice.
If anyone has a similar story or wants to relate advice please feel free to reply.