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.