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Old 12-25-2005, 09:00 AM   #1
Dojo: Calgary Aikikai
Location: Calgary, Alberta Canada
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 76
Wheelchair Aikido

We have a new potential member who is in a wheel chair. This student needs the chair for back support and has poor arm strength, especially when lifting above the shoulders where this person almost has no power.

Anyone out there who can offer guidance for instruction etc. would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance,

Andrew Barron
Calgary Aikikai
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Old 12-25-2005, 10:57 AM   #2
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Re: Wheelchair Aikido

Hi Andrew,

One person you may try to contact would be Molly Hale at http://www.mollyhale.com. From her website:
In 1995 she broke her neck in a car crash, and she was told that she'd never move intentionally below her shoulders. Faced with the prospect that she would never walk again - she refused to accept the prognosis. She believed, instead, in herself, in her body's ability to communicate and heal, in her spirit's astounding resolve, and in the capacity of her friends to support her recovery. Six years after her accident she took and passed her third degree Aikido black belt test, she carried the Olympic Torch towards Salt Lake City in 2002, and a documentary about her premiered in 2003. She participates in daily physical practices and is able to walk in water now, continuing to maximize her health and well-being.
She's a very nice lady whom I've had the pleasure of training with.

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Old 12-25-2005, 06:15 PM   #3
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Location: Florida Gulf coast
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Re: Wheelchair Aikido

I second Molly Hale. At the last Expo she had us all doing technqiues out of a chair. Enlightening and inspiring.

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 12-26-2005, 07:52 AM   #4
Dojo: Ki-Aikido Freiburg; Hildesheimer Aikidoverein
Location: Hildesheim
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 14
Re: Wheelchair Aikido

Giuseppe Ruglioni from Florence has taught Aikido to older and disabled people.
Maybe he can give you some relevant information.


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