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Old 07-31-2008, 02:26 PM   #1
Peter Gugel
Dojo: Main Street Martial Arts (www.budojo.com)
Location: MA, near Providence
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 3
Hello to all


I am a new student in Aikido, and I figured I would join this forum. The immediate reason for it, is because I have a couple of questions regarding my training outside of the dojo.

Where is the appropriate place to post these questions:

What exercises can I do to relieve the burden on my back muscles. After a few consecutive minutes in a lowered stance, my back muscles start to become very tight. After maybe fifteen minutes of continuous practice, they tense to the point that I can't ignore the pain anymore. I'm not straining or spraining anything in a technical sense, I'm fine after sitting down for a few minutes. Two things contribute: I hurt my back mildly in high school playing football, and I am overweight.

The second question: My feet are very inflexible. On the mats I can't really practically maintain an 'active toe' sitting in seiza, and I certainly cannot on a hard surface. Are there any exercises other than just constantly bending and stretching the toes further that I can do to help? As long as I am controlled in the stretches and do not exceed a reasonable amount of pain, is there still potential for serious injury in doing this stretch - that is, am I doing the wrong thing?

Thanks very much!

Peter Gugel
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Old 07-31-2008, 02:28 PM   #2
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Re: Hello to all

Hi Peter,

Welcome to AikiWeb. You probably want to use the General forum to ask your questions rather than asking them here in the Introductions forum.

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Old 07-31-2008, 02:44 PM   #3
Peter Gugel
Dojo: Main Street Martial Arts (www.budojo.com)
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Re: Hello to all


I will post them in general. I just wanted to make sure they shouldn't go to some subsection like training.
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Old 07-31-2008, 03:38 PM   #4
Dojo: Shindai Aikikai
Location: Orlando
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 153
Re: Hello to all

Welcome to AikiWeb Peter!

"The mind is everything. What you think you become." - Siddhattha Gotama Buddha
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