On Aikido Training,
Aikido can determine life or death with a single blow;
therefore, when training, observe the directions of the
instructor and do not engage in contests of strength.
Aikido is a Way that makes one person the equivalent of
thousands; therefore, when training, always be mindful not
only of the space in front of you, but also what is
happening in all directions.
Training should always be an enjoyable experience.
An instructor can only impart a portion of the teachings. To
be able to use a technique, you must learn it through
diligent and ceaseless training. Only then will you begin to
remember with your body. It is pointless to desire to learn
many techniques. To master a technique, you must make it
Daily training begins with Tai no Henko. Gradually increase
the intensity of your training. Make sure not to overexert
your body. Even older persons should not injure themselves.
Continue to train enjoyably and strive to realize the
purpose of training.
Aikido is training of the mind and body. Its purpose is to
produce sincere people. Since all techniques are entirely
secret, you should not reveal them indiscriminately to the
public. The improper use of any technique by ill-mannered
persons is to be avoided.
An excerpt from the
1938 Training Manual, "Budo",
by the Founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba.
Translated by Mark L. Larson.