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Old 10-13-2016, 05:40 PM   #1
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Location: Derby
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Post Started training again.

Hi everyone, after things coming to quite a messy end at my last club, i have joined a new one and have my first grading coming up later this month.

Also my mental health is under control, with my wife acting as my primary carer.

Thanks for your blessings.

PS I also graduated with a 2.1 in July.
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Old 10-13-2016, 09:19 PM   #2
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Re: Started training again.

Hope it goes well, but what's a 2.1?
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Old 11-30-2016, 01:20 PM   #3
Location: memphis, TN
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Re: Started training again.

I am 46 and would love to try aikido. Apart from being kinda old....lol, I had my hip replaced about a year ago. Could my hip handle aikido?
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Old 11-30-2016, 02:33 PM   #4
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Location: Himeji, Japan
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Re: Started training again.

I'm not your doctor (check) or your potential teacher (ask) but there should be no issues. There may need to be some adjustments - but we all have to do that as we get older.

Peter Rehse Shodokan Aikido
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Old 11-30-2016, 05:14 PM   #5
Dojo: Open Sky Aikikai
Location: Durham, NC
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Re: Started training again.

As an Aikikai student, I am not proud to say this...

The Ki Society has a training method associated with very little injuries. Yoshinkan and Tomiki are supposed to be "rougher" but also have solo training methods (easier to move at your own rehab speed) and exercises that do not require falls every time. Iwama Ryu and others are heavier into weapons, which means solo work and training that doesn't require taking a fall every single time. Aikikai is less much uniform but (IMO) seems to have the least developed approach to injuries and solo exercises overall. Again, not true of every school. I remember articles of people training to impress ages, and they were Ki Society or Yoshinkan students.

Joint replacements aren't considered permanent and they can become dislodged. It will be good to take care of it.

Aikido practice can be very different the world over. Watch the practice, give it a try. If you see pure highfalls for an hour straight (been there, done that) every class early on, I would be concerned for you. Teachers aren't all the same - I started out with a dojo with several medical professionals teaching. They enjoyed bringing their knowledge to the mat, and they knew how to help a student.

The guy I saw injure the most people was a business major in college and had an understanding of technique and anatomy that amounted to, "go through the pain until it feels good." No matter how much a particular movement caused pain, he did not allow students to adapt the practice. Combined with encouraging alcohol use and sleep deprivation for "special practices" and it was a bad idea.

Listen to your body and use your own good sense.
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Old 11-30-2016, 05:55 PM   #6
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Re: Started training again.

Robin Boyd wrote: View Post
Hope it goes well, but what's a 2.1?
A 2-1 is an upper second class honours degree from a UK university. There are several honour levels: first class honours; second class honours division one; second class honours division two; third class honours; pass (no honours at all); fail.

So I think John 2054 deserves some congratulations on a good achievement, which I thinks marks a new phase in his life.

Best wishes,

P A Goldsbury
Hiroshima, Japan
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