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Old 08-04-2006, 04:58 AM   #1
Steve Mullen
Dojo: White Rose (Sunderland)
Location: Washington
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 270
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Aikido and Climbing

Does anyone else enjoy rock climbing? I absolutely love it.

I have started to notice similarities between climbing and aikido (as strange as that may sound) like for example, its easier to climb if your hips are close into the wall, a lot of your movement has to start at the hips when you are climbing to make it stable.

When belaying (holding the rope for a climber) I found I'm more stable when i take up gidari hamnai, I can take falls off much heavier people that way.

Its strange how many things can be helped by Aikido and MA's in general isn't it.

"No matter your pretence, you are what you are and nothing more." - Kenshiro Abbe Shihan
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