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Old 01-20-2018, 04:33 PM   #26
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Dojo: Allegheny Aikido, Pitsburgh PA
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Re: Aikido for older beginners ?

Mary Eastland wrote: View Post
Loved reading your perspective Cherie. Our dojo no longer does swari waza and I think that is good. My knees are not shot and I am 60.
to who is there but also
At our dojo we tailor the class for who is in class. If you are an older beginner it would be all about what you can do and helping you explore options.
Mary we are similar in that. We have a lot of over 40 members so we don't tend to focus so much on hard ukemi either. I can still take some breakfalls but they are not a big focus for our dojo and I don't take them often.(my most recent one was on a parking lot rather than in the dojo.) Swari waza and hanmi handachi are taught. I jsut do the standing version of whatever is being taught when othersare practicing the knee work.. Not only are classes taylored but each member can adjust their training to be able to work on what sensei is teaching in ways that accomodate their physical limitations. It is nice to have some young folk about though. We are hoping that our upcomig move to a new neighborhood will bring an influx of younger and bouncier people.
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Old 01-30-2018, 12:24 PM   #27
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Re: Aikido for older beginners ?

I once asked Stan Pranin (over a pile of Thai food) how he felt about age keeping him from doing a lot of things on the mat that he used to do. His response has stuck with me ever since. He said "I used to worry about it, but I now take inventory of all the things I can't do, and it doesn't leave me any time to worry...". I miss him.
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