Etiquette for Practicing Aikido
by Morihei Ueshiba O’Sensei
In Aikido, one blow can determine life or death. When practicing, obey your instructor, and do not engage in useless contests of strength..
Aikido is an art in which a person learns to deal with not only one but multiple attackers. It therefore requires that you practice at all times with careful awareness not only in front of you but in all directions.
Practice at all times with the feeling of pleasurable exhilaration.
The teachings of your instructor constitute only a small fraction of what you will learn. Your mastery of each movement will depend almost entirely on individual, earnest practice.
Daily practice begins with light movements of the body, gradually increasing in intensity and strength. There must be no excessive strain. That is why even an elderly person can continue to practice pleasurably without bodily harm, and will attain the goal of his or her training.
The purpose of Aikido is to train both body and mind and to develop a person’s sincerity. All Aikido techniques are secret in nature and are not to be idly revealed to others in public, not shown to rowdy or unprincipled people who will misuse them.