Being Humble in Aikido by
Aikido is an 'aiki' based martial art,
where strength and technique takes second place to the power
of your mind.
Since how much you progress depends on
the effort spent in training ( note that i said "effort"
instead of time ), a 1st kyu aikidoka's technique will most
definitely be better focused and better controlled than a 5th
When training in the dojo, newcomers
will usually be impressed with the energic side of Aikido (
the higher the ukes fly, the better ), this is normal. This
first impression however, will disrupt their growth in terms
After several years training and being
a senior for half of it, my first suggestion is to let the newcomers
to vent their energy in their technique, give them some safety
pointers and encourage them to be as realistic as possible.
After their second or third test, some
of them will most probably realize the difference in their technique
quality compared to the senior students, and decides to begin
the journey for a better aikido.
During this phase, they will began to
emulate their seniors and senseis. This is where the seniors
will began their role as living examples of proper budo, which
means that the sempais must learn to change their attitude from
teaching to training together.
As I remember all the past years, I began to think about the
people I like to train the most. I found that I chose them not
because they are technically superior or stronger, but because
of they are the most gracious. They were the ones who demonstrated
great generosity and patience in the way they trained and instructed
others. This is how I wish to be.
Some of the fellow seniors i've trained with seem to think
they are better than their juniors, and therefore has the right
to insult their technique or cancel them AND THEN insult them.
There is nothing great about cancelling the techniques of people
who are weaker than you. Because in real life, the nage will
just switch to using other attacks accordingly.
- Always maintain a beginner spirit. ( You are nothing compared
- Aikido training only stops when you sleeps
- Find out the 7 principles of Budo
- Nobody likes a smart-ass