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Old 06-29-2005, 12:55 PM   #9
Lorien Lowe
Dojo: Northcoast Aikido
Location: California
Join Date: Jul 2002
Posts: 289
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Re: Weapons training leads to good aikido.

Recently a student who tested for 5th kyu at our dojo was promoted to 4th based on the level of his sword techniques. His taijutsu was at about normal 5th kyu level, but our dojo-cho generally assumes that good weapons work will inevitably improve one's taijutsu with practice; powerful weapon techniques require a very good base, and (depending on the technique) one's mistakes are entirely one's own.
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