In the years I have trained in aikido the most immportant lesson I have taken away is how to quickly make a strong connection with my training partners. On the mat this means a smoother, better looking technique, but most importantly, fewer injuries. This take-away is helping me in my pursuit to study medicine. In my opinion the connection between a medical practitioner and his, or her patients is the most important aspect of medical care. My aikido training makes forming this bond second nature.