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Old 10-23-2012, 12:50 PM   #6
Location: Massachusetts
Join Date: Jun 2006
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Re: Magic, Bullfighting, Front-loaders, and Aikido

I use the example of the trick of rubbing your stomach and patting your head at the same time. Most people learn this trick when they're kids (some don't; that's useful too), and most remember how they failed at it initially, and watched other kids fail, unable to do two different things in two different planes with two different body parts. I tell people that aikido is full of techniques where different body parts are doing different things like this, and that it initially feels just as impossible as rubbing your stomach and patting your head, but you keep trying, and then something falls into place.
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