Aikido training involves almost continuous close contact with a variety of partners. Such intimate contact means that all of us need to practice good hygiene. Body and uniform should be clean, teeth brushed, and nails trimmed. This preparation shows both self-respect and respect for one’s partners. A cloth carried inside the uniform can be used to wipe away perspiration or even to catch a sudden sneeze. While it is essential to push through fatigue and frustration, we must stay home when sick and likely to infect others.

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