After 38 years of practicing Aikido — often very strenuously — with never any serious injury (one sprained shoulder many years ago), Mike Clair Sensei broke his foot doing randori this past Monday evening. His doctor has advised him to stay off his foot for six weeks. Thankfully, Fudoshin has several other excellent teachers and they will pick up the slack in Sensei’s absence.

Despite this rare occurrence, students should remember that Aikido is a very safe activity. Injuries are rare and usually consist of minor sprains. Any kind of physical activity may lead to an occasional injury, whether it’s a team sport or another martial art. At Fudoshin, our motto is “safety first!”, and we ensure that the activity is carried out as safely as possible. But of course, that doesn’t guarantee that absolutely no injuries will occur, as Sensei’s foot attests…

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