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Pure Aikido

Always find Reasons to Train never reasons not to

By Marcus Encel

When you decide to become good at Aikido it requires a commitment to training. Everyone struggles at some time in their Aikido life. The pressures of life can mount up. The old cliche applies here “quitters never win and winners never quit”.

If you decide to become an Aikido ka stopping is never an option. Everyday you must look for the reasons to train never attempt to find reasons not to. This is the secret of long term Keiko.

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Practice

The key to improving Aikido is daily practice.

The key to improving Aikido is daily practice. I say it all day. But that is not enough. One spends so much time and effort acquiring any skill that once a certain level is reached it is easy to become complacent or to not take new information on. This is the beginning of stagnation. Everyday one must come in with something in mind to sharpen or to focus on a weak area. This way we keep fresh and at the same time condition ourselves to practice excellence.

True Aikido is a level of virtuosity above what would normally be considered good. As a martial art Aikido can be functional at a lower level but will not become transcendent until excellence has been attained and maintained. Real Aikido soars above the techniques and the movements of the art. It becomes High Art, philosophy mastery. One has to go through the normal levels one would in any martial art but also go further.

The key to improving Aikido is daily practice.