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Old 08-21-2005, 08:15 AM   #1
Krista DeCoste
Location: Nova Scotia
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 22
Canada
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Re: "Off-The-Mat" Forum

Hi.
I have only been practicing Aikido for 11 months, but it has impacted how I behave "off-the-mat" and I assume it will continue to do so. The one example that jumps to mind is the first real lesson I had a hard time learning on the mat was holding onto someone's wrist and not letting go at the first movement. This sounds easy but for me it was a challenge. My Sensei picked up on this quickly and really put it in my mind thatI want that wrist! I soon noticed that "off the mat" in my professional and personal life I became more willing to pursue things, not avoid a situation that might be difficult. I attribute this change to Aikido, and not being afraid to hold on and deal with where it takes me.

Krista
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