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Old 07-21-2002, 08:09 AM   #4
Dojo: Great Wave Aikido
Location: Alberta, Canada
Join Date: Jun 2002
Posts: 543

There's no need to take gymnastics; everything you need to learn Aikido is contained in Aikido. However, there's certainly no harm in it, practicing gymnastic tumbling may well help your ukemi a bit, as well as providing good CV exercise, which is always a good thing.

You don't need to be in great shape though, the key to Aikido is accurate performance of the techniques, as I'm learning every time I wind up on my back! (hee hee!)

Here's one thing folks might think about: My Mom came one day to watch a session, and she remarked on the dance-like quality of Aikido (she's a former stage performer). I'm wondering if taking dance would help one's Aikido? Hmmm.


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