Aikido is a martial art that has witnessed massive growth and more and more people have come to appreciate it in the recent past. As with most martial arts, Aikodo has wrongly been associated with violence and arrogance. However, through public awareness and at least for those who have taken keen interest in the art, people are now seeing the benefits of this art.
Previous articles and other websites that deal with Aikido or martial arts generally have covered widely on the benefits of Aikido, but one thing that most of these sources have not tackled properly are the benefits of Aikido on one’s personality. This article points out some of these important virtues and personal gains that Aikido can instill in those who practice and live by the principles of Aikido.
This is the act of carrying one’s self with inner sense of civility and decorum and expressing it to others. In Aikido, one is first helped to view the other as just an opponent not enemy. Since Aikido is mainly aimed at self defense by redirecting the kick and attacks of the opponent not initiating a fight, one is taught to respect others through avoidance of violence. Human life is considered to be of value and ought to be respected.
Like many other sports and martial arts, Aikido is governed by rules and principles which when broken or not observed, then one is bound to fail. Discipline is the opposite of defiance or arrogance. One ought to exercise respect to one’s self and more importantly to others. You can show discipline by observing the self measures of the art.
Accuracy is of essence in Aikido if at all you will have to block the kicks of your opponent. You are taught to be keen and observant. This way, you will be able to discern the next move of your opponent.