Aikido is a social martial art. I can say this with confidence that many people will agree with me. I am drawing my conclusion from the fact that Aikido is not based on violence, conflict and showy affairs of martial arts like most do. I guess this is because the art is associated with respect and spiritual fulfillment. Being so however, the bottom line is that you will have to face an opponent – okay, not really an opponent but I am using this word in natural circumstances that you will have to defend yourself someday.
Doing Aikido as a pro is probably your reason for enrolling into an Aikido school. I have some tips of helping you become that pro.
Free your mind
Do not bombard your mind with a lot of tactics on how to deal with uke. Focus, have a single goal on what you want to achieve. Remember to control yourself against anger and conflict. Watch carefully where your uke has held you and look for a counter. Try and anticipate their next move.
It is interestingly surprising what you can do with little confidence. Confidence is associated with other good personal traits like faith and trust in yourself. This is what you need in Aikido. Be confident that you want to be a pro in Aikido and work towards just that.
As I mentioned earlier, Aikido is not based on conflict. Let strength find you and with perfect training, am sure that’s what happens.
Take deep breath and Relax
The value of being relaxed is very important in Aikido. Do not be in rush to attack; this will call in conflict and violence. Be tactful and calm. While speed is important, know when to act with speed.
Balance your body and your mind. Focus.