OKAY, SO WHAT IS THE HARDEST THING ABOUT AIKIDO THEN?
I appreciate by now, your head is probably swimming with new ideas about Aikido and what it offers those who train, but we still haven’t answered the original question: “What is the hardest thing about Aikido?”
The answer, as simple as it may seem, is actually twofold; it is the same situation as the dual sides of the coin analogy [used earlier].
Nothing is harder than walking into an unfamiliar place, with new people, doing something completely alien to you.
“Worse yet, they are fitter [maybe], more flexible [possibly], and you would only slow them down”…
Sadly, this is how some people think about starting at clubs, gyms and groups, and this is why they feel unsure or unable to take that first step into the dojo. For new starters, the prospect is so daunting, they choose instead to continue with their day-to-day life, unaware of what they could be missing…
For people who have never experienced aikido, [perhaps you] the hardest thing is taking the initial step on the mat.
Hopefully, this will make you [and others] reconsider that decision, and you can become part of the International Aikido community.
WHAT IS HARDEST FOR THE AIKIDOKA?
For those of you who have been training 6 months, 10 years or longer still, the hardest thing about Aikido is actually not Aikido – it is everything else.
Training is simple, consistent and fulfilling [not that you need telling]; you have no expectations or attainment goals. We are simply content being in the process and learning lifelong, that there is always more to discover and you can always find somewhere to train or someone to train with.
Other matters of life such as home, work, relationships, bills and anything that isn’t Aikido, becomes the hardest thing about the training. Why can’t all things be as simple as ichi, ni, san?…
I hope you have enjoyed this article, it indended to give a [relatively] brief insight into the core elements of Aikido practice and my [own, personal] reasons for loving it – even the hardest part. If this article has piqued your interest, please check Is aikido right for me? or contact us directly.
On a personal note,
Thank you to all who i train and learn with/from on [and off] the mat… you have my utmost respect and complete gratitude.
All comments and opinions made are my own.