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Old 09-17-2006, 09:39 PM   #51
George S. Ledyard
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Dojo: Aikido Eastside
Location: Bellevue, WA
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Re: Children and adults together

Carol Shifflett wrote:
Since Lamont has come up, I will mention that I actually took my first classes from him. I was not a young girl, therefore, in theory, safe from the behavior that has given him such an unsavory reputation.
Wow, I never knew anyone who had trained with him... I do have a friend of mine up here in Seattle that actually had a date with Ted Bundy when she was in high school. You can imagine how she felt when the news broks about him!

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Old 09-18-2006, 10:45 AM   #52
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Re: Children and adults together

That's the problem with people, it's often difficult to distinguish the bad ones from the good ones...

As a point of clarification, I see several posts that define children through different ages. I classify children as 12 or younger, 13-19 as teens. Legally, most states classify children as "minors" or individuals of 17 years of age or younger. I certainly see the dangers of children training aikido diminish as they grow older, especially in the teens. Teens are a different story. Teens are bigger, stronger, more intelligent and capable of making informed decisions than children. I feel more comfortable working teens into adult classes on a case by case basis.
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Old 09-18-2006, 12:53 PM   #53
Ron Tisdale
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Re: Children and adults together

Complete agreement there. Teens can often be a vital part of an adult class, and can benefit greatly. IF they have the correct mindset. One of my all time favorite training partners was a teen who took aikido keiko EXTREMELY seriously. He was a Russian imigrant, and his aikido was excellent. Unfortunately, I think finances and family things forced him to stop training, and I've lost touch with him. Hopefully some day he will come back to the mat.


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Old 09-19-2006, 09:03 PM   #54
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Re: Children and adults together

All I know is that there are no kids (and no women) that train at my aikido dojo and I am greatful. There are kids at the hapkido dojo that I attended for the past year, and they sure could make things difficult for everybody involved.
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