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Old 03-30-2004, 01:13 PM   #9
Ron Tisdale
Dojo: Doshinkan dojo in Roxborough, Pa
Location: Phila. Pa
Join Date: Jun 2002
Posts: 4,614
Hi Paul,
Does aikido change with someone that athletic?
I'd think with someone that strong, balanced and flexible, my aikido had better be spot on...and yes, that would be a change for me...
At some point, the time spent learning a backflip is time that cannot be spent working on ikkyo...and the skill development in learning the backflip doesn't transfer to aikido.
I see what you mean...but say you have that level of control over your body...wouldn't that be a huge asset? You yourself often talk about using modern sport methods in aikido...I'll bet if you had 10 students with that level of control over their bodies, who also had a serious desire to learn aikido, you could probably make a real serious impact on the level of aikido in your area...

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