On Aikido, Health and Aging

Seeing Osawa Sensei on his recent visit to the U.S. made me reflect on a number of topics concerning regular aikido practice throughout the course of one’s life. Osawa Sensei is an outwardly reserved, elderly gentleman whose physical appearance is not the least bit imposing. Clad in a keikogi, however, he is transformed into a dynamic and resourceful magician who moves about with cat-like grace. He is the product of some forty years of training in aikido and is a model for younger aikidoists in many respects.

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