Tim Schmelter wrote:
Just about any reinforcement of a concept is valid; I suspect singing about aikido would be useful on some level.
sometimes one person will unwittingly make a sound effect -- like an airplane say as body turns--and a couple of us in earshot will hear it, giggle, then try it and darn if it doesn't help. don't know why, in terms of focus or neuro pathways, but yeah, words, tunes and sounds (if not so loud as to distract others! not talking about atemi here :-)) can be helpful.
suspect it is similar to the way singing along to music helps me "occupy" certain parts of my brain when I paint, freeing the part I need to do the painting.