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#128701 - 03/10/05 12:43 PM disabilty leaves me weak can i do aikido?
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i have a disabilty that leaves me with weak and sometimes painfull wrists,i used to do a lot of martial arts before this disabilty struck. After a long rest i am desperate to train again and have read that aikido dosent rely on strength or actualy striking the appoinent,is this true? thanks for any help
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#128702 - 03/10/05 04:24 PM Re: disabilty leaves me weak can i do aikido?
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How are you going to feel having your partner practice their wrist locks on you for an entire class?

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#128703 - 03/11/05 01:26 AM Re: disabilty leaves me weak can i do aikido?
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[QUOTE]Originally posted by dexter7:
i have a disabilty that leaves me with weak and sometimes painfull wrists,i used to do a lot of martial arts before this disabilty struck. After a long rest i am desperate to train again and have read that aikido dosent rely on strength or actualy striking the appoinent,is this true? thanks for any help
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I think Chris may have been a bit hard on you seeing as you don't have much information on aikido.

What is the problem with your wrists? It may help us to give you better advice if you could be more specific. If the joints or muscles are weak then you could try different strength building exercises. One thing about aikido is that your wrists do become very strong after a while, and this has happened in my case!

In Aikido we deal with various attacks ranging from strikes to the head, strikes to the side of the head, stomach and also grabs to the shoulders , elbows, and wrists etc.

Some techniques involve wrist manipulation and wrist locks so I am unsure as to how well your wrists will be able to cope. There are some classes where I have come out with wrists that are black and blue from people practising yonkyo and other techniques on me.

I hope this helps!

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#128704 - 03/11/05 11:37 AM Re: disabilty leaves me weak can i do aikido?
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Sorry, didn't mean to come across as harsh.

The medical history, and current/future condition of your wrists is something between you and your doctor/phyisical therapist. I assume that there is already some therapy in place, developed by people that have actually seen your wrists (and x-rays or MRIs) and are maybe professionals.

My point was simply that if your wrists are bad enough that you are concerned about whether you can practice an art, then you should certainly realize up front that aikido is going to involve a lot of wrist locks. Of course there is a lot more of aikido beyond wrist locks but it's going to come up.

If you aren't going to be comfortable with partners practicing your wrist locks on your wrists, then that leaves you unable to practice a lot of basics. Of course you can always pursue the non-physical side, but if you want to get on the mat...

Chris

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#128705 - 03/11/05 11:45 AM Re: disabilty leaves me weak can i do aikido?
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Aikidoka are affectionately known as bands of happy wrist twisters.

I think that for someone with problems with their wrists, Aikido would be about the worst thing to take up. I think I'd suggest arm wrestling before Aikido.
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#128706 - 03/11/05 12:51 PM Re: disabilty leaves me weak can i do aikido?
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thanks for the advice everyone,although i have great flexabilty in my hands and wrists from the information you guys have given me aikido probably not a good long term option. in the past i have done alot of martial arts training and i think im clutching at straws(with the little strength i have [IMG]http://www.fightingarts.com/forums/ubb/biggrin.gif[/IMG] ) although im looking at tkd and tai chi as a way of continuing my training.
thanks for the advice

dave

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#128707 - 04/08/05 08:58 PM Re: disabilty leaves me weak can i do aikido?
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Dave,
My sensei is teaching aikido to a gentleman who has pretty severe cerebral palsey and is confined to a wheelchair. This student is very enthusiastic and has shown a remarkable ability to sit seiza and to learn quickly, putting a nikkyo on my sensei after observing it only once. The main concern is the quality of the dojo and the instructor. There are many out there who can help you learn aikido safely and effectively. Good luck and don't give up without at least watching class and maybe even trying one. Just be sure to tell your instructor and your partners about your injury.

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