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Old 08-09-2006, 12:49 PM   #117
Location: Auckland
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 971
New Zealand
Re: aikido and competition

Don Magee wrote:
Thinking about this further. The greatest gains in skill have always come from me losing in competition. I learn the most about where I need to focus attention by getting beaten by a person who wants to win, vs a sparing match where my partner might be toning it down to keep the match interesting.
Absolutely. Sparring is the laboratory. Competition is what tells you what you really know and what you don't.. Alot of people drop around 6 months training as soon as they step on a competition mat. That's something worth knowing....

"When your only tool is a hammer every problem starts to look like a nail"
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