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Guidelines for Practice
The following are some helpful hints to make your training more enjoyable
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
"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."
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."
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."
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