Should you have any doubt
as to your ability to train due to any physical condition,
consult with your physician and with your sensei before
practicing. Do not train when ill; although you are encouraged
to watch class since this too is a way of learning. Should
you become sick, notify your sensei of your illness.
Aikido students often will
train before an injury is fully healed because they are
eager to return to the dojo. While this spirit is commendable,
it is actually detrimental to the training. Your body is
your toll in Aikido training; if you abuse the tool, the
training cannot continue. Be sure to train hard and often
but more importantly train intelligently. Know your limitations
and allow your body to adapt and recover.
Should you find yourself
absent from the dojo due to illness or injury, ask your
sensei what you can do to continue your training while gone.
The stretching exercises, Aiki-taiso, internal training
methods, kogeki, weapons training and other subjects may
still be suitable for you depending on your condition. If
not, treat your injury or illness itself as training; with
an indomitable spirit, every act or situation in our lives
can become a productive practice of Aikido.
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