O’ Sensei’s Training Reminders

Below are training guidelines/precautions given by the founder of Aikido. Keep them in mind when practicing.

  • Aikido techniques can be instantly lethal so it is essential to observe the instructor’s directions at all times and not engage in contests of strength.
  • Aikido is an art in which “the one” is used to strike “the many.” Train yourself to be mindful of attacks coming from four and eight directions.
  • Always train in a vibrant and joyful manner.
  • The instructor can only impart a small portion of the teaching. Only through ceaseless training can you obtain the necessary experience to bring these mysteries alive.
  • In daily training, begin with basic movements to strengthen the body without overexertion. Warm up properly, and there will be no fear of injury, even for older people.
  • Enjoy yourself while training and strive to comprehend its true purpose. The purpose of Aikido training is to forge the body and mind and to build one\’s character. The techniques are transmitted from person to person on an individual basis, and should not be disclosed indiscriminately to outsiders, nor used for evil purposes.

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