Wednesday, July 20, 2011

What is Aikido? Beginner Guidelines and FAQ


Reading from the book entitled Best Aikido. The Fundamentals by Kisshomaru and Moriteru Ueshiba. (2002 p.14-19) - Captured Live on Ustream at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/beauty-and-aikido

Answers to questions like:

  • Why are there no contests in aikido?

  • Will aikido make me strong?

  • Is physical condition such as weight training necessary for aikido?

  • What is the nature of ki in aikido? Is it the same as chi employed in Chinese martial arts?

  • When I watch people practicing aikido they seem to spin around like tops. Can such a movement really be efficient as a martial art technique?

  • During aikido training how much should we resist against the application of a technique?


  • What is the aikido approach to etiquette? (for more about dojo ettiquette here)

  • What is the most important relation between aikido training and everyday life?



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