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Old 01-14-2005, 11:50 AM   #4
Dojo: Seattle Ki Society
Location: Seattle
Join Date: Dec 2003
Posts: 522
Re: Training in other dojo's as a beginner

I've done this, though so far not across a language barrier. It's a lot of fun.

The basics of throwing and falling are very recognizable across every dojo I've visited (four different styles) and you can learn a lot as a visitor. Weapons classes are more iffy because there is more divergence among styles, and learning the first eight moves of a kata your school doesn't do is not as useful as working on the unarmed techniques.

It actually get a bit scarier as you advance, at least for a while (I'm fourth kyu now, hoping to be third soon) because if you look like you know what you are doing, people will treat you accordingly. I come from a style which de-emphasizes breakfalls and have had a few surprises while visiting, but so far no injuries. If you know there's a gap in your repetoire it may be a good idea to tell the teacher so.

Mary Kaye
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