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Thanks to those karate classes, I have finally learnt how to defend myself. Furthermore/by the way/also/(other choice?), my sensei introduced me to the fascinating Eastern cultures.

Generally, I know the difference between those options (I think). However, the sentence above has been killing me all day today. Does anybody want to be my savior, chiefs?
 

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Perhaps:

I'm grateful to my sensei, who introduced me to those fascinating Eastern cultures.
 

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It's a really abrupt transition, which is why it's so hard.
 

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Perhaps:

The karate was my sensei's idea, so I have him to thank for that.
 

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Thanks to those karate classes, I have finally learnt how to defend myself. Furthermore/by the way/also/(other choice?), my sensei introduced me to the fascinating Eastern cultures.

Generally, I know the difference between those options (I think). However, the sentence above has been killing me all day today. Does anybody want to be my savior, chiefs?
 

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Try:

Thanks to those karate classes, I have finally learned how to defend myself. (The karate was my sensei's idea, so I have him to thank for that.)

Now it's perfect.
:)
 

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That's not what I would use. How about in addition?
What do you mean by how about? You're not sure either?
 

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I don't know why you think you need any version of "Furthermore/In addition etc".

Thanks to those classes, I can now defend myself. Thanks to my sensei, I've been introduced to fascinating Eastern cultures.

I actually like the repetition of "Thanks to" there.
 

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I think I have realized that confuses me. Is furthermore used only when stating arguments?
 

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I think I have realized that confuses me. Is furthermore used only when stating arguments?
No, not at all. However, it's useful when continuing with a list of things. You're just stating two facts and I don't think the extra words add anything useful.
 
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Thanks to those karate classes I can now defend myself. Thanks also to my sensei, who introduced me to karate (and other things about Eastern cultures).
 

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You did include Other Choice as an option.
With all due respect, are you or are you not sure that in addition works here?
 

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With all due respect, are you or are you not sure that in addition works here?
You are sounding abrasive again. 'With all due respect' very often suggests a lack of respect for the idea suggested. The fact that Tdol suggested 'in addition' should tell us that he thinks it would work - he would not have suggested it otherwise.
 
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