Yup. A smaller woman can throw a larger man...
Here is Heather in Colorado in 1999.
"Aikido" can be translated as "way of combining forces" (more at Wikipedia).
It is a martial art designed for self defense ("Shinju" means self defense and "dojo" means school).
We learn how to blend with the force of an attack, and a small person really can learn to defend from a larger attacker. Aikido relies on movement rather than speed or strength - it's good for all kinds of students.
Aikido is great for self-defense and for developing self-confidence in movement and even in falling. It's fun to practice and it attracts an interesting variety of people.
We have a great group of students - interesting backgrounds and everyone has a good sense of humour. I don't think we've had a class yet without a fair bit of laughter.
Our class structure takes us to specific goals with a methodical and effective path - but we sure have fun along the way!
Classes are Tuesday and Thursday evenings, from 8:15 - 9:45 p.m.
Karl - thank you for your decades of amazing contributions to the teaching of martial arts.
You taught us how to teach, and our students will become great teachers, too. You will live on in your many students.