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Old 05-30-2006, 06:43 PM   #16
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 534
Re: Aikidoka learning Japanese

Mathew McDowell wrote:
Justin when I came to Japan I had no Japanese language skills, and still now I have little language ability (josh will tell you that) but learning Aikido was easier than learning language skills, and it still is. Although my Japanese gets better day by day, My Aikido progresses alot faster. So I guess you need little or no Japanese to start, but to progress you may need to learn some basic language but it comes to you. This training is called 'image training' and I think it has been bought up before in the forums about talking and verbal instruction during Aikido and the benefits of it. I say Just take the bull by the horns and you will not regret it. (I would practice sitting seiza more than the language if you worry about anything.)
Cool, thanks Mathew.

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