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Old 03-27-2005, 10:30 PM   #9
Janet Rosen
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Re: Poll: How important is it for beginners in aikido to experience aikido styles other than their own?

I agree that for a beginning student there needs to be a home dojo/style where a particular teaching style and "muscle memory" gets instilled, what Jerry calls the foundation.
The aikido-l seminar I attended early in my training was physically confusing and I really couldn't take away anything practical. I recall writing in my review of it that a main lesson for me was that I needed to go home and hunker down and train where I train! However the experience of seeing and to some extent participating in other styles for a couple days was an eye/brain opener I've neve regretted and it has informed my awareness and my training to this day.
So I guess it's semantics: how much "exposure" constitutes "experience"?

Janet Rosen
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