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Old 12-09-2003, 04:34 PM   #6
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Dojo: Tonbo Dojo
Location: Bainbridge Island WA
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 374
When I was really young (age 9 - 14) i did nothing but gymnastics for 9 - 12 hours a week. Gymnastics teaches the body how to adapt and move in the most unlikely ways. It taught me a great knowledge of where my center was.

What it gave me, was the ability to learn almost any new movement quickly.

When I started Aikido when i was 17, I improved extremely quickly getting my 5th in 4th kyu in less than "standard" minimal time.

It seems that the arts that teach >movement< in general rather than "martial movement" like in karate or jiujutsu, give the best foundation for learning new arts, whether they be martial, or dance.

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