Hello Shizen:

We appreciate your very patient efforts, as always thank you for taking part!

What is your take re: the necessary healing aspect of this particular training? Should we even start it, if that part is non-existant, missing from the curriciliun (ie only the tough guy stuff was kept not the healing formulas for it)?

I wish I had read the new posts before responding directly to Matt's, given your mothers experience, what is your take re: the age question? There a point, an age its openly contra-indicated, that one should not start for the first time... IYE?

Growth plates and so forth forbid makiwara to children. Any idea how you determine a starting age solely becase of their growing, soft bones where even the potential, a whisper of/for perminant damage removes it from their training?