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  • 8/26/2016 Think about this:

    Guidelines for Practice

    The following are some helpful hints to make your training more enjoyable
    and productive:

    Train with a beginner's mind. Everything you are about to learn will
    probably be new to you. If you have a glass full of water and you try to add
    more, the excess simply spills off. Likewise, If you attempt to learn a new
    discipline with a head full of ideas and fixed beliefs, you may find it
    difficult to accept new ones. Allow for new ideas (easier said than done, I
    realize). Aikido is very natural and will feel that way if you let go of
    unnatural habits and reactions, allowing the techniques and practice to flow
    like nature. Much of your training will be aimed towards achieving this.

    Be non-judgmental. As we grow up we learn to compare ourselves with
    others, hence, being hard on ourselves if we don't feel as if we measure up.
    Don't despair. You are already a perfect student. In a sense, there are no
    mistakes in the practice of our art. Everything you do is an expression of your
    state at the moment, so you are always at your correct point of progress. Your
    so-called "mistakes" are there for you to learn from so that improvement occurs.
    Don't limit yourself by constantly judging whether you or your training partners
    are right or wrong, good or bad. Strive for perfection, always knowing that you
    already are.

    "As soon as you concern yourself with the "good" and "bad" of your
    fellows, you create an opening in your heart for maliciousness to enter.
    Testing, competing with, and criticizing others weaken and defeat you."

    Morihei Ueshiba

    Have fun. Aikido should be natural, flowing, beautiful and powerful.
    Don't turn it into work. If you aren't enjoying it, you're probably taking it
    too seriously. Don't be in a hurry to master anything. You have the rest of your
    life to enjoy your training.

    "Always practice the Art of Peace in a vibrant and joyful manner."

    Morihei Ueshiba

    Be safety conscious. Respect your body and the bodies of others. Protect
    it from injury. Don't attempt to jump ahead with your training, especially with
    regard to ukemi (receiving technique and falling). In due time, you will learn
    to fall beautifully on any surface. However, if you choose to be impatient,
    you're inviting injury, and ultimately, a loss of training time. Also, never try
    to force a technique on your training partner. It's dangerous and inharmonious
    (non "AI"). Remember, also, that excessive pain is a sign that something is
    wrong. If you're in pain, injured in any way (including bleeding), stop practice
    and consult with your teacher immediately. If bleeding occurs, leave the mat
    immediately to take care of yourself. Your training partner will keep others
    away from the blood while someone else brings cleaning supplies.

    "To injure an opponent is to injure yourself. To control aggression
    without inflicting injury is the Art of Peace."

    Morihei Ueshiba

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