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Aikido for Women

Story By: Lauren Artino

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 4/18/2014

"Black Belt" in Aikido would not be the words you'd think of when meeting Barbara Butler for the first time. She's a petite, kind woman with a soft voice. She just published her first book, called "Aikido for Women"

Aikido is a Japanese form of self-defense, with two styles; hard and soft. Barbara has practiced and taught the soft style of Aikido for 18 years.

The soft style of Aikido "never intends to hurt the opponent", the 'hard' style is used mainly in competitions. So, why Aikido? What drew her to it? Her husband of 48 years passed away, and she yearned for something to occupy her mind.

That's when she remembered a conference she attended, where the guest speaker spoke of his experience with Aikido. Years had passed since the conference, but she remembered learning of Aikido and decided to give it a try.

She started taking classes at a Dojo, a martial arts training hall. She insisted on not telling the men and women in class her age, because she knew they wouldn't want to hurt her, if they knew her age. Barbara was 72 when she started learning Aikido, 18 years ago.

At five feet tall, weighing 105 pounds, she had to confront men in her class who were six feet tall, and much heavier. Defending herself against these men proved to be encouraging, but she says the amazing part was learning the principals within the technique; despite her age and size, she could control and throw these large men!

Barbara says women have the advantage, whether we believe it or not. She hopes more women will try Aikido and find in it, as she has, a new confidence that will improve their lives or even help those who find themselves living in a volatile situation. She dedicates the book to all women in the world who have suffered abuse-mental, emotional, verbal, and, above all, physical.

"Aikido for Women" is available online at:

Doorance Bookstore: http://dorrance.stores.yahoo.net/aiforwounpra.html

Amazon:http://www.amazon.com/A IKIDO-FOR-WOMEN-Underlying- Principles/dp/1480902365/ref=s r_1_1? ie=UTF8&qid=1397842578&sr=8- 1&keywords=aikido+for+women

   
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