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Old 08-15-2006, 01:41 PM   #26
James Kelly
Dojo: Glendale Aikikai
Location: Los Angeles
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 109
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Re: Hairy Aikido arms

Leiv Harstad wrote:
Could aikido be the cure for baldness?
Ikeda Sensei makes that joke all the time...
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Old 08-15-2006, 02:14 PM   #27
Dennis Hooker
Dojo: Shindai Dojo, Orlando Fl.
Location: Orlando Florida
Join Date: Aug 2002
Posts: 456
Re: Hairy Aikido arms

People have grabbed me so hard over the last 40 years that the hair has been squeezed into my wrists so much it is starting to come out my ears.

Dennis Hooker: (DVD) Zanshin and Ma-ai in Aikido

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Old 08-15-2006, 03:03 PM   #28
Location: Boston, MA, USA
Join Date: Jun 2000
Posts: 35
Re: Hairy Aikido arms

Heh. The scientist in me wants to point out that most folks show more body hair with age (as above). It might not be the forty years of having my wrist grabbed - it might just be the forty years, neh?


"Data is not the plural of anecdote."
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Old 08-15-2006, 09:53 PM   #29
Russell Pearse
Dojo: Takemusu Aiki Association
Location: Sydney
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 13
Re: Hairy Aikido arms


We train in Iwama style where we emphasize strong grip and the hairy arm effect is well known. Our sensei is Japanese and consequently tends to have less body hair, except for his wrists where he has two strong bands of hair.

I have been training for about 8 years now and after about 4 or 5 I noticed that the hair on top of my wrists had become denser and darker than the rest of my forearms. Also the hair growth on the inside of my wrists has spread to almost link up all the way around. My wife often jokes about it...

I don't think that there are any more hair follicles in this area than the rest of my arms, but it seems as though the individual hairs are thicker and grow longer than the other hairs on the rest of my forearms. It is as though the body is reacting to the friction and stimulation much in the same way that skin grows callouses at points of wear and tear.

As I said it is quite common in our dojo. I will do some asking around to see how much other people have noticed the effect.


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Old 08-16-2006, 02:35 AM   #30
raul rodrigo
Location: Quezon City
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 777
Re: Hairy Aikido arms

After ten years of practice, my wrists did get hairy. But I never would have noticed if not for a thread on Aikiweb.
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Old 08-16-2006, 05:01 AM   #31
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Dojo: Dangayan Singkaw Aikido Shinzui Group Philippines
Location: Plymouth, UK
Join Date: Nov 2003
Posts: 492
Re: Hairy Aikido arms

A search on scholar.google.com for "hypertrichosis" and "aikido" yields no results. Neither does the www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed.

Perhaps the dermatologist who is requesting for photographs is planning to publish an article?
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Old 08-16-2006, 06:56 AM   #32
Dojo: Messores Sensei (Largo, Fl.)
Location: Florida
Join Date: Mar 2001
Posts: 1,267
Re: Hairy Aikido arms

I noticed hairy lower forearms when I was training in Japan. My relatively hairless Jpn training partners had 7-8 thick wisps of black hair where we grabbed each other for KATATE DORI/RYOTE MOCHI, etc.

My hairier arms got hairier while training there, but the effects have worn off now and there is no darker/thicker hair on my forearms anymore.

Don J. Modesto
St. Petersburg, Florida
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Old 08-16-2006, 02:12 PM   #33
Join Date: Apr 2006
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Re: Hairy Aikido arms

Mike Haft wrote:

As to the hairy wrist stuff, a common hair pattern in both males and females is for hair to grow thicker and longer as it approaches from the elbow toward the wrist. Chimpanzees also have this by the way.

I doubt that there is any real effect of aikido on this....

Not Aikido but karate.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGmMIMsyoG4
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Old 08-18-2006, 06:48 PM   #34
Join Date: Aug 2006
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Re: Hairy Aikido arms

A few of the sensei and I were talking about this phenomenon after practice a few days before I registered here. A couple of them claim to have it happen to them. I will see if I can get some pictures of their wrists. How in Gods name am I going to explain to them why I want to take pictures of their wrists?
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Old 08-18-2006, 06:50 PM   #35
Join Date: Aug 2006
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Re: Hairy Aikido arms

Graham Old wrote:
I can see me tonight: "Hey, grab my head!"
HA! I am trying to imagine tai-no-henka done with ones head!
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Old 08-19-2006, 04:48 PM   #36
Dojo: Aikido of Livermore
Location: California
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 4
Re: Hairy Aikido arms

Thanks so much for the info. I knew I wasn't crazy although some of these responses are to say the least...interesting.

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