In light of one of my recent experiences in ballroom dancing, I promptly decided to create this list – with a few inspirations in mind – for my fellow martial artists out there. This is slightly Aikido in flavor, but I hope martial artists of all styles and paths can relate and add. Enjoy!
- In ballroom dancing, in ANY ballroom dancing (tango, cha-cha, swing, etc) , you bow to your partner after each dance.
- Whenever you try on a pair of pants, whether it’d be jeans or dress pants. The first question that comes to mind is not “does this look good?”, it’s “Can I kick in it?”.
- When trying on a pair of new shoes, you judge them on how well you tai no henko in them. Or any other movement that involves your feet moving in a sliding motion.
- You practice the “unbendable” arm when opening doors.
- When you’re riding a train, you allow yourself to assume a horse stance so that the motions of the train don’t’ knock you off as easily as your fellow passengers.
- Every so often, per hour, you allow yourself to “center” and be grounded, almost in anticipation of having to do a movement.
- You don’t step out of someone’s way when there’s traffic, you side step forward.
- Whenever you pass by a punching bag in a sports store or in a neutral public area, you can’t help it but having a few rounds all to yourself.
- Whenever you see any hard surface other than a mat, you think to yourself: “Can I roll on that?” (True story: I’ve rolled on concrete).
- You look at any hard surface and you think: “Can I put a hole through that?”
Feel free to add any more! Inspiration goes to this site and a couple others of my own making. Till next time!