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666pounder
11-18-2008, 11:45 AM
Hello
I am new here
I decided to start training Aikido last year in December and it's very interesting
I want to know your opinion
How often do I need to train aikido at the beginning, I learned it good?
And how often do you train aikido?

:ai:
:ki:
:do:

John A Butz
11-18-2008, 01:24 PM
In the beginning, I recomend at least two classes a week. More then that and you may become overwhelmed, less then that and you will not retain what you learn as easily.

For the first 3 to 6 weeks, I wouldn't try to remember much of anything you are taught beyond ukemi. Try to stay moving and get generally comfortable with the environment. Keep your expectations reasonable and don't get discouraged.

Once you are basicaly comfortable, I recomend bringing a small notebook with you to class and trying to write down one thing a session; either a new word, a way of moving, a description of a technique, or something else you learned during each class.

The amount of training that is right for you may be different then what was right for me, so you will have to gauge how you are feeling and your comfort level as you consider whether to add more training to your schedule.

Personally, when I started practicing, I was in college and had no responsibilites beyond schoolwork, and so I was often at practice 4 or 5 times a week, plus extensive training outside of class. As I got older, between jobs, relationships, and sundry other responsibilities, I eventaully cut down to 3 or 4 classes. My current schedule consists of 4 days of training, Tuesday through Thursday and Saturday mornings.

Eva Antonia
11-19-2008, 03:42 AM
Dear Lukas,

I started 2006 in October, and at the beginning I trained only on Saturdays. But then Aikido started to become addictive, and I added Tuesdays. After becoming 5th kyu, I thought, maybe it's better to train more and added Wednesdays. Then I realized how long was the interval between Wednesday and Saturday and added Thursdays.

And that's how it stayed. I try to go training four times a week; my kids go twice. And I try to go to a seminar once a month, but that's more difficult because I can only go to seminars in Brussels in order not to let the family alone too much. When being away for work, I try to find a dojo wherever the mission leads me (so I can offer interesting information, for example, there is no aikido dojo in Kigali...:p ), but that's part of the addiction, I fear.

I don't have the impression that training four times a week makes me advance faster than twice a week or that it keeps me fitter, but it certainly makes me happy.

Best regards,

Eva

mickeygelum
11-19-2008, 07:42 AM
I train/teach six days a week, but, I have been training for 30 years. Sundays, I clean the dojos...:)

At your level, I would suggest three or four days a week. Each period of instruction at one and a half hour sessions. Do not take this as a norm, you will have to see how it works for you and decide

Train well,

Mickey

SeiserL
11-19-2008, 11:57 AM
I train 3 times a week. For 14 years.

IMHO, its how well you train when you are there, not how often that matters most.

Harm-ony
11-19-2008, 12:12 PM
yes, it's not about how often but 'quality time'...
There are many practitioners of Aikido spend their times and energies with no quality in the dojo...
although they 'claimed' many years training Aikido, they just got a little from their training...
make every training valuable and meaningful, be serious and persistent....of course in 'relax' condition... :)
that's what I thought....

Peace and Love, :)

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666pounder
11-19-2008, 12:13 PM
Thanks all for your opinions
I train 3 times a week and every session has 2 hours..
I think we have got great sensei... after 3,5 months i had 6th kyu and now I hope I get 5th kyu soon

CarrieP
11-20-2008, 10:04 AM
I train between 2 and 3 times a week, sometimes less.

We have a very small dojo so not as much opportunity to train as some bigger places. Works for me since I'm still new to the discipline and am nursing a recurrent knee tendonitis.

But if I do miss a week, which sometimes happens when life gets in the way, boy do I feel the difference in how my body moves when I come back.

mathewjgano
11-20-2008, 11:01 AM
But if I do miss a week, which sometimes happens when life gets in the way, boy do I feel the difference in how my body moves when I come back.

True that! I've missed many weeks over the course of many years and while I always retain some ability, it's never like it is when I'm training regularly.
To the original poster,
I tie everything I learn to what little I know of neurology: the more you practice something, the more neurological connections you form, the more efficient you generally become at the tasks you practice (this extends into everything we do, which is why I personally appreicate the :do: aspect of Aikido). Simply put: practice makes perfect. However proficient you want to get depends on how well you practice and practicing well means doing so with consistency and intensity.
Like was said, ultimately you have to judge for yourself, but my first couple years of Aikido I probably trained an average of 4 days a week. I often trained 5 or 6 days a week. I was also practicing things every chance I could get for a while, so I would practice hand taiso every hour or so, practice forward rolls in the parking lot on my lunch break, etc. Nothing quite beats hands-on with sempai or sensei, but I think it's important/useful to practice off the mat too.
As a side note, nothing drives home the importance of good ukemi like concrete.
Take care,
Matt

CarrieP
11-20-2008, 11:06 AM
nothing drives home the importance of good ukemi like concrete.

:freaky: Um, ow. Though you've given me a great idea for a new thread now...

lbb
11-20-2008, 01:01 PM
I usually train 3 days a week, because that's all my schedule permits. One week a month is work-from-home week, and I often take advantage of that week to train four or five times, but I don't know if that much on a regular basis would help me. Three feels about right, four might work too...five (in combination with having a job, a life and a non-indestructible body) would probably be too much.

grondahl
11-20-2008, 01:10 PM
3x2h per week in the dojo. Suburi and conditioning/other exercise 3 to 4 more days/week.

Cynrod
11-20-2008, 06:22 PM
I only train Mondays and Wednesdays, because those are the only days that my dojo is open. I think three to four days a week is the best way to go.

Nathan Wallace
11-21-2008, 09:33 AM
Hello
I am new here
I decided to start training Aikido last year in December and it's very interesting
I want to know your opinion
How often do I need to train aikido at the beginning, I learned it good?
And how often do you train aikido?

:ai:
:ki:
:do:

Every second of every day for the rest of your life.

David Paul
11-21-2008, 01:51 PM
i make it to the dojo about once every 6 months. You should probably attend more frequently than that.

patf
11-21-2008, 02:58 PM
Monday 1hr with Murashige Shihan
Tuesday 2hr with Katz Sensei
Thursday 2hr with Katz Sensei
Saturday ~2hr with rotating Yudansha

I tried doing more than that but the body (and the family) couldn't handle it. I also used to do an additional 2hrs Iaido on Saturday but sadly I couldn't keep the commitment up.

Mary Turner
11-21-2008, 05:11 PM
Monday 1hr with Murashige Shihan
Tuesday 2hr with Katz Sensei
Thursday 2hr with Katz Sensei
Saturday ~2hr with rotating Yudansha

I tried doing more than that but the body (and the family) couldn't handle it. I also used to do an additional 2hrs Iaido on Saturday but sadly I couldn't keep the commitment up.

I had the great joy of training with Katz Sensei a few years ago when he visited NC.

Here, my home Dojo has 1.5 hr classes Tues, Wed., Thurs. and Sunday.
I visit another dojo for 1 hr. Friday mornings.

I can't get enough!
Mary

gregg block
11-21-2008, 05:25 PM
Every day one form or another ,,

curlytops
12-03-2008, 02:32 AM
For starters, have at least two to three days per week for training.

Peter Bowyer
12-03-2008, 09:35 AM
When I started...about 3 times a week. Now, 6 times a week although two of the days are double classes back-to-back so 6 classes in 4 days (Mx2, W, Fx2, Sa).

Minimum of 2 is neccessary to retain anything but on the flipside it's also possible to train too much when starting out. A couple years ago I went pretty hardcore when approaching a test date and subsequently became rundown and injured resulting in a three-month period where I maybe attended 15 classes total. Worst move of my life since it drastically slowed my progress.

Take it slow and steady...but with passion.

Also I agree with a lot of the earlier statements. Training doesn't only mean on the mats. You can breath, kokyu, focus, and center yourself at anytime. When you walk around, kokyu. When you watch TV for 1/2 hour, sit in seiza and breath with your center.

B.J.M.
12-03-2008, 12:42 PM
It is now averaging between six and seven days a week.

Three of those days I am training twice a day.

At the age I'm at, which is mid-thirties, I am starting to feel it a bit in the 'ol body.

The soreness lasts longer and aches are starting where none were before. Hurray for getting older!

CatSienna
12-03-2008, 10:35 PM
as often as I can! Which amounts to 3x a week generally unless something crops up or the dojo shuts for some event since we are based in a community centre so get booted out every now and again for some community function.

Mannix Moya
12-04-2008, 12:54 AM
I can only train once a week. I'd love to make it 5x but priorities (family/work) are in the way.

Better than zero