From AJ forum: “Too old to learn Aikido?”

There is an interesting thread on the Aikido Journal forum of which the following is an excerpt on aging and aikido that may be of interest to some readers:

“I am just about ready to test for 6th kyu. My training has really paid off. The One Point technique has helped me manage my free floating anxiety. Thanks to regular training, I was ready to help a nurse where I work avoid getting slugged by an angry patient. As the patient drew back to hit the nurse, I just calmly stepped in and made a simple block. The duress team took it from there. Afterwards, I was shocked that I did it. I really, really like Aikido.”


  1. bruce baker says:

    Whether it is because of repetition of because of an ingrained confidence that manifests itself in action, without visualization, be it in your waking mind or deep in your brain sending signals to act, without visualization there is no effectiveness in any technique.

    It may be the many signals that are the thought processes of our brain are constantly connecting and disconnecting with both our waking mind and sending signals to those around us, but whatever it is, if conditions are not right, make no mistake … that patient could have knocked you across the room for a completely different result.

    DON’T ever let overconfidence become your guide. But also, learn to keep the doubt tucked away too. Balance creates both curiosity … and understanding in the search for truth.

    Or should I tell you the story about my sickly 110 pount grandfather who knocked two nurses across the room in the last days of his life and they needed to call two large men to subdue him in his feverish dreams that had him fighting a mob for his life in his dreams remembering the 1930s Depression years?

    There is a secret strength beyond our normal physical strength, and that secret can be untapped by many means, one is … visualization.

  2. If it takes more than one lifetime to learn aikido, you can start anytime.

    As a practical matter, it is good to be gentle teaching ukemi. But, that’s probably a good idea anyway.

    Disabilities can happen anytime in life. If people want to train, they will work around them as best they can.

    Have had as students or fellow students people with stunted arms, brain damage, shrapnel and badly healed fractures, and diabetes. Presently one of my students is over sixty and strong as a bull. Bit stiff, but I’ve often been accused of that…

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