Watch: Cleveland Indians Star Francisco Lindor Trains With Martial Arts in the Off-season

Francisco Lindor #12 of the Cleveland Indians
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Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor is adding some new moves to his repertoire.

During the winter ahead of the 2018 MLB season, Lindor traveled to Tokyo, Japan, and took up some martial arts—specifically aikido—as part of his training routine. Lindor set career highs in 2017 with 33 homes runs, 89 RBIs, and 44 doubles, and his new workout routine could lead to even bigger numbers in 2018.

Developed by Japanese martial artist and philosopher Morihei Ueshiba, aikido is a martial arts discipline of throws and joint locks that focuses on transfer of energy, rather than on brute striking power.

Here’s Lindor getting ready for a session:

Ready to do some work on people! #Tokyo #Aikido

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Take a look at Lindor in action:

Didn't go as planned. They must have scouted me! 😂

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