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Old 05-07-2004, 07:20 AM   #26
James Thompson
Dojo: Chelmsford Aikikai
Location: Chelmsford
Join Date: Mar 2004
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Re: an ideal body for aikido?

I agree the nice thing about Aikido is that there is no single body type or personality. This is one of Aikido's strengths.

I would suggest that if you maintain a good level of training with sensible eating you'll find the Aikido will change you rather than you changing to the Aikido.

Saying that, I'm comming back from from a long layoff and What I can tell you is the heavier you are the harder work it is. Not that I was ever that slim!


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Old 05-07-2004, 08:02 AM   #27
Dojo: Kododan Aikido USA
Location: Radford Virginia
Join Date: Mar 2001
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Freaky! Re: an ideal body for aikido?

Hey Jun -- can we get an online conversion tool installed on the forums?

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Old 05-10-2004, 05:02 PM   #28
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Dojo: Iwama Ryu Caerphilly
Location: Wales
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Re: an ideal body for aikido?

Hi I have only been doing aikido for 3 months and I am tall and skinny yet have tremendous upper body strength ( not bragging hear ) yet at our dojo I have found that if I try to use that strength then my technique goes out the window. Learning to relax and move with technique rather than brute force was an eye opener for me. So size or strength has no bearing in Aikido just proper technique. Look at O'sensei and his size yet he could probably have moved a mountain.

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Old 05-10-2004, 06:19 PM   #29
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Re: an ideal body for aikido?

Hi Andrew,

Sounds like you're already having some good training experiences! Welcome to the AikIWeb Forums.

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Old 05-17-2004, 05:31 PM   #30
Lyle Laizure
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Dojo: Hinode Dojo LLC
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Re: an ideal body for aikido?

Everything in its time. My first class my sensei, Christenham Sensei, told me you do not form the individual to the art but it is the art that forms to the individual. I am close to 500 lbs and stand 5' 8". Some things are easier and some are more difficult, but everything in its time.

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