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  1. Thanks very much for your advice. As you say, it feels like there is tissue that is just in the way. I have noticed that how I get into seiza makes a difference as to how low I can get and how long I can stay comfortable. This suggests to me that if you get into position in the wrong way, some tissues get "caught" or "trapped" and compressed. Other things that make a difference are what activities immediately precede the seiza. Doing repeated suwari-waza, such as in this video, makes it easier eventually, after maybe 15 minutes of practice. <object width="420" height="315"><param name="movie" value="//www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYI9F-c9c6o?hl=en_US&version=3&rel=0"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="//www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYI9F-c9c6o?hl=en_US&version=3&rel=0" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="420" height="315" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object> However, doing standing techniques, especially basic forms like this, make it much harder. <object width="420" height="315"><param name="movie" value="//www.youtube.com/watch?v=Flc57uq-5aQ?version=3&hl=en_US&rel=0"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="//www.youtube.com/watch?v=Flc57uq-5aQ?version=3&hl=en_US&rel=0" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="420" height="315" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object> So I don't know if there might be a fluid shifting issue, too. Maybe over time, getting into and out of seiza pushes fluid out of the knees while putting stress on the knee in a standing position increases blood flow...? Anyhow, I have noticed that when I get in a lot of discomfort, putting my hands between my thighs and calves actually makes things more comfortable. However, using a jo is quite painful. I will keep experimenting.
  2. I am in a special aikido program in Kyoto, Japan, which involves training 3x a day, 5 days per week for a year. Another kenshusei and I still cannot sit in seiza well after 9 months of training with daily seiza sessions as well as doing shikko knee walking and performing aikido techniques from this posture. However, we both do NOT have the typical seiza problem of tightness across the front of the knees. We both have problems with discomfort behind the knees. We have both been to doctors and PTs here in Japan without results. Earlier this year, all the kenshusei did a 1000-sit-ups workout. Afterwards, the two of us experienced decreased stiffness and decreased pain in the knees. I think this had to do with the poor form of our sit-ups, which involved a lot pulling on the heels (like 800 micro-hamstrings-curls), but I don't know why that would have an effect. (1) Any stretch recommendations to improve the ability to sit low in a seiza posture? (2) Any idea why 1000 sit-ups would provide knee therapy? Thanks.
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