“Falling safely – and frequently – is central to aikido. The school I joined in 1988 had traditional tatami mats, a rarity in the United States because of their expense. Falling on them felt like hitting asphalt.
But I knew – or seemed to remember – from my first stint of aikido training in my early 30s that if I could just endure the pain of re-entry, an endless path of athletic bliss would again open before me. ”
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