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Old 06-17-2003, 03:38 PM   #1
Location: South West UK
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I've just come back from quiet a physical session of Aikido and the worst part are my TOES!

Doing Suwari waza and knee walking really hurts, so my question is, do toes get more supple?

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Old 06-17-2003, 03:55 PM   #2
Dojo: Aikido of Cincinnati/Huron Valley Aikikai
Location: Somerset Michigan
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not mine! they've gotten worse over the years, and hurt more and more with suwari waza (didn't used to affect my toes, just in the last few years).

Hope you fare better!
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Old 06-17-2003, 03:59 PM   #3
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ohh great...........


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Old 06-17-2003, 04:16 PM   #4
Location: NJ
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I ve had ukes fall on my heel while in a live toes position. Not entirely pleasant at all. After 8 yrs, no toe pain yet, but the toes do crack often and very loudly

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Old 06-17-2003, 09:16 PM   #5
Sharon Seymour
Dojo: AikidoKIDS! & Katsujinken Dojo, Prescott Arizona
Location: Arizona
Join Date: May 2002
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This will not feel good at first. But persist, and it will help. (and get more comfortable)

Sit comfortably on a chair or on the floor. Cross one leg over your thigh. Fit your fingers between your toes as deeply as possible, and if you can tolerate it, move, bend, flex. Or if not, just hold for a minute. Then, of course, do the other foot. Do this once or twice a day ...

If you wear shoes a lot, try to go barefoot more.

My feet have gotten stronger and more flexible over years of practice, so don't assume this will continue to be a problem.

Yours for flexible toes!


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Old 06-18-2003, 04:08 AM   #6
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lol, cheers, I'll try that.

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Old 06-18-2003, 01:15 PM   #7
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Dojo: Seiwa Dojo and Southside Dojo
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The other day I stopped into a friends Uechi-ryu karate class. A few of us were standing around talking and we started comparing callouses...don't ask They started chuckling at me when they found out I had callouses on the tops of my toes Of course I laughed at them because some of them couldn't straighten their big toes anymore


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Old 06-18-2003, 04:29 PM   #8
Dojo: Aikido of Midland
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Check out Ikeda Sensei's tape Za if you want to see some flexible toes (ouch).
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