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“Rules During Training” by Morihei Ueshiba

posted Aug 13, 2012, 9:58 PM by Chum Joseph   [ updated Aug 13, 2012, 9:59 PM ]

1) One blow in Aikido can kill. When practicing always obey your instructor and do not use training time for needless testing of strength.

2) Aikido is an art where one person learns to face many opponents simultaneously. It therefore requires that you polish and perfect each movement to become invulnerable from any direction.

3) Practice with a feeling of joy and exhilaration.

4) 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.

5) Daily practice begins with light movements gradually increasing in intensity; but there must be no overexertion. Even elderly people can practice with pleasure.

6) The purpose of Aikido is to train both body and mind sincerely. Aikido must not be taught to immoral people or used for evil purposes.

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1) Aikido decides life and death in a single strike, so students must carefully follow the instructor’s teaching and not compete to see who is the strongest.

2) Aikido is the way that teaches how one can deal with several enemies. Students must train themselves to be alert not just to the front, but to all sides and the back.

3) Training should always be conducted in a pleasant and joyful atmosphere.

4) The instructor teaches only one small aspect of the art. Its versatile applications must be discovered by each student through incessant practice and training.

5) In daily practice first begin by moving your body and then progress to more intensive practice. Never force anything unnaturally or unreasonably. If this rule is followed, then even elderly people will not hurt themselves and they can train in a pleasant and joyful atmosphere.

6) The purpose of Aikido is to train mind and body and to produce sincere, earnest people. Since all the techniques are to be transmitted person-to-person, do not randomly reveal them to others, for this might lead to their being used by hoodlums.

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1) One blow in Aikido is capable of killing an opponent. In practice, obey your instructor, and do not make practice a time for needless testing of strength.

2) Aikido is an art in which one man learns to face many opponents simultaneously and requires therefore that you polish and perfect your execution of each movement so that you can take on not only the one directly before you but also those in every direction around you.

3) Practice at all times with a feeling of pleasurable exhilaration.

4) The teachings of your instructor constitute only a small fraction of what you will learn. Your mastery of each movement will depend almost completely on your earnest practice.

5) The daily practice begins with light movements of the body, gradually increasing in intensity and strength, but there must be no overexertion. That is why even elderly an elderly man can continue to practice without bodily harm but with pleasure and profit and will attain the purpose of his training.

6) The purpose of Aikido is to train both body and mind and to make a man sincere. All Aikido arts are secret in nature and are not to be revealed publicly nor taught to rogues who will use them for evil purposes.
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1) One blow/strike is capable of killing. Follow directions of your instructor and don’t needlessly test strength.

2) The ability to face multiple opponents, develops awareness towards all sides.

3) Training atmosphere should be pleasant and joyful.

4) Practice is the primary means to achieve mastery.

5) Training should be natural and reasonable. When this is followed even elderly individuals can develop Aikido’s potentials.

6) The purpose of Aikido is to train mind and body and make an individual sincere.

Morihei Ueshiba