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Old 04-05-2004, 12:02 AM   #29
Location: Bangkok
Join Date: Oct 2001
Posts: 803
I have done judo for about 7 years. To think about it now, all what I got from it is bad knees and a lot, really lot of stress. Performance was crucial, and since I was not particularly good at competitions, I was always looked down at by my dojo mates. Training was fun though, and I enjoyed it, especially during periods when there were no imminent championships and atmosphere was relaxed.

Technically, I believe that judo and aikido could not be more different because they are based on completely different concepts. My previous judo experience has helped me a lot in my aikido progression in the beginning, but it soon became a hindrance when I reached somewhat a higher level.

I wouldn't recommend doing both though. The natural progression would be to start in judo and then move to aikido. Doing the opposite doesn't seem very logical to me.

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