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Old 06-05-2006, 08:03 AM   #16
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Re: Using Aikido Principles in Physical Activities

Actually I've wondered if the physical aspects of aikido would begin to be a detriment to some aspects of track&field. I was of the sprinting/hurdling bunch. Though I imagine for events such as highjump, pole vault, throwing events aikido could offer beneficial insight.
What I question is something like the hundred meter dash, which requires speed of motion (potentially benefitted by aikido), but it also requires strength of motion, which in a sprint generally means all out muscle. It's not that I think aikido reduces muscle, but it results in working with less of it. For all I know training in aikido may just allow for higher muscle efficiency. The mindset will certainly help, and the posture, response time (though I've always been quick out of the gates.)

Now I have to get back on a track to find out.
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