Aikido depends not only on innate skillfulness,
but a steady and vigorous training. A day missed in the
Dojo is a day which you can never make up.
Continuous practice requires
patience, which leads one to become strong in spiritual and
physical resistance. Real strength will be acquired in cultivating
the mental ability to control the body freely.
Education ought to be mastered
through experience. One of the duties of instructions is,
ultimately, to help enrich the qualities of individual education.
With a true education and respectable behavior, a person's
movements will be beautiful.
I would like to emphasize
the role of Uke. In Aikido training there is the supposition
of two roles: Shite (the leading body) and Uke (the passive
body.) The basic idea of practice for Shite is to use Uke's
power, while acknowledging both the weaknesses in Uke's position
and the fact that Uke is simply the complimentary counterpart
of Shite himself. Practice of this sort allows the conversion
of weakness into strength and the development of self-confidence
and spiritual energy. By finding and disciplining one's own
weak points, one's capacity and raison d'etre will
In conclusion, it is important
to maintain the proper attitude required to be strong Uke.
I personally advise purchasing Aikido videos and carefully
watching the role of the Uke.