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Old 06-27-2000, 10:00 AM   #5
John S Costello
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Dojo: Aikido Eastside
Location: Seattle, WA
Join Date: Jun 2000
Posts: 3
Ai symbol Counting

I had an amazing experience on my last test. I've been doing aikido for about two years and this past year I took two semesters of Japanese; I tested just before leaving Tucson for summer work in Chicago. Anyway, one of the test requirements is Saito's 31-count kata, with each move counted out loud, and sensei asked me to count. When I got to 22 I realized that (completely unconciously) I was counting in Japanese.

I was very surprised, since foreign-language number skills are the most difficult for me to pick up; but when my focus went to the kata the count came out appropriately. What I don't know is whether this means I've been studying Japanese too hard, or studying the kata not hard enough. Probably the latter.
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