Principles of Aikido I would say are guidelines that determine what you do and how you do what you do. There are collections of Aikido and I bet more are still to come as people advance in this art. Trainers can vary their principle based on what they feel is working for them and their students. Here are some of these principles:
Don’t train alone
I think I have mentioned in the previous articles that Aikido is a social art. This in itself is a principle. The underlying rule here is that for you to train well in Aikido, you have to train with a good teacher with other students. This is a platform that allows you to observe, try and grow your potential.
This is a principle that most people who are not into Aikido fail to understand. It is the hidden principle that unifies the body and the mind. Remember Aikido involves the mind so much. Both have to work in harmony and co – ordination.
Aikido is not based on violence and conflict. Oneness is highly emphasized. You must have the right attitude for you to train Aikido. Remember you do not have a foe in the art. Although strength is important in Aikido, emphasis is given to effectiveness and correctness.
Control and Balance
This principle underlies the main goal of Aikido which is to control a situation. Aikido tries to control the attack of the opponent not to initiate new attacks. For this to happen, you have to balance your mind and your body. The mind controls the body because in it comes the confidence, tact and storage of skills.
Be calm and relax
Relaxation and calmness increase your energy intakes. Remember that Aikido involves your spirit and your mind which are both fed by an intrinsic energy.