In simple terms there can only be 2 kind of people who can injure us in training, and they are the same kind of people we can injure in training.
Either our juniors or our seniors.
Aikido like many other martial arts, give the juniors, newbies a leeway.We help to level the steep learning curve a little by being a little softer in our blows, a little slower in our moves. Well it is only logical, if we do what we do as senior belters, the junior belters will pretty much be discouraged to continue since the learning curve is so steep.
So as for the senior belts, we tend to handle some of them with the same measure as the junior belters, why? If we go all out, or try funny things, or tricks, it might turn out to be a show of disrespect, and the senior belters might dish out something ‘extra’ as a form of punishment.
What about injuries?
I mean at my level now, I am where I described, I’m wedged between junior and senior belts.
And each of my elbows are injured by these 2 different categories. The left elbow, by a junior belt, who was a little over zealous in her lock and hyper extended the pin. I felt the elbow joint strained and pulled beyond the normal stretch and voila! the deed is done! Since Dec 2011, it has yet to fully recover.
For that i got nothing much to say as I was the senior belt, and it is only ‘natural’ that we become the junior’s cannon fodder for them to learn.
More recently, a senior belt gave me a variation of his irimi nage which mutated into an armbar, which should never has been. And that gave my right elbow a pain that is still taking time to heal, three weeks on.
Of course we try to justify the events, as it does bruise the ego a little, getting hurt. you want to know why, why didn’t the senior belt took care of me, since i was junior to him? In essence the arm bar was an ‘overkill’ in my honest albeit biased opinion. It was totally unnecessary, as the technique was irimi nage, and no arm bar was called for. So, the senior belt strayed from the technique. Well maybe he was out to prove a point. to prove that i was being mischievous(Which i honestly wasn’t) then again, it could be that i have this reputation in the dojo that i don’t know about.
Whatever it may be, the deed is done. i can only now rest the elbow, be patient and learn something from it, whatever that might be.