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Old 12-28-2014, 03:58 PM   #26
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Re: Over 40's Classes?

Katherine Derbyshire wrote: View Post
It can help to remember that aikido is difficult. Period. Full stop. Struggling to learn it simply means that you are trying to do something hard, and doesn't have anything to do with age, underlying intelligence, non-Japaneseness, or any of the other ways that people make their struggles about themselves.
This (emphasis mine).
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Old 12-31-2014, 06:06 PM   #27
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Re: Over 40's Classes?

I found this video, and it did make me think that age clearly is no barrier at all in any martial art if you are committed! - https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v...type=2&theater
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Old 12-31-2014, 06:12 PM   #28
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Re: Over 40's Classes?

Mary Malmros wrote: View Post
You probably didn't notice the gray hair either. Doesn't mean it wasn't there.

(think for a second: this is obviously aimed at beginners, people STARTING after 40. People on aikiweb often need to take a deep breath and say, "Every post is not about me.")

Ha. You are correct. Having some folks 45+, actually 60+ in my school, it sort of hit home immediately that the writer of the O/P probably was speaking of beginner classes. If you've already been "in" class for 5, 10 or 20 years, who would need it. You've acclimated. But a beginner at age 55.... different thing altogether.

I find it interesting that the kanji character for kuzushi illustrates a mountain falling on a house.
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Old 01-05-2015, 12:20 PM   #29
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Re: Over 40's Classes?

Gee, I hope 40 isn't considered old. haha
Yeah, I've seen plenty of older guys tear it up just fine. But, alternatively, I've seen how hard it is for people who are older to start, especially ukemi, as new students. Conditioning is an interesting thing. My sports doctor said you either use it or lose it. I'm an optimist--I believe anything is possible at any age...somethings are just harder for some people. Whether or not that is unfair doesn't matter--it is reality. But it is possible. There is a blessing, in my opinion, in the possibility alone. (Even if it is never achieved.)

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