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ThomasBaker92
05-21-2013, 06:25 PM
I am new too aikido and i was wondering if there where any general things i can do at home to help me with learning my aikido?

Mary Eastland
05-21-2013, 06:42 PM
Have you asked your instructor....

odudog
05-21-2013, 08:34 PM
Practice the foot movements.
1) okuri ashi
2) ayumi ashi
3) tsugi ashi
4) tenkan
5) tenshin
6) tenkai

JJF
05-22-2013, 03:54 AM
and if it fits your style: work with the bokken... plenty of suburi :)

SeiserL
05-22-2013, 05:22 AM
Body alignment and temkan, tenkan, tenkan ...

lbb
05-22-2013, 09:25 AM
As a beginner, you're probably best focusing on general physical conditioning for now. Stance and footwork, and weapons suburi, can be practiced as solo exercises once you're sure you're doing them correctly. Practice has to be correct to be beneficial.

Mary Eastland
05-22-2013, 11:39 AM
I think it is important for you to ask where you train...I could give you great exercises to do but if you are from a style that is different from ours...what I might say to you might be detrimental to your progress.

It is easier to learn new things if you don't have different old habits to break.

NekVTAikido
05-22-2013, 12:43 PM
My free advice: Learn the basics of rolling/falling, and then find a place to practice. Rolling backwards from standing and coming back to standing is GREAT conditioning, and builds skill that will be useful in training. Once you've learned forward rolls, work on those. A carpet, a lawn, a mat if you have one - all will do; but hard surfaces are very direct teachers, their feedback is clear and unmistakeable - make sure you're ready for it when you go there. Get Ellis Amdur's DVD "Ukemi from the ground up" and watch it several times - and use good awareness and judgement if you have to face a situation where your dojo teaches ukemi differently than Amdur Sensei does. (try their style and don't make a big deal out of it until you have some experience of your own.)

Marie Noelle Fequiere
05-22-2013, 01:40 PM
Work your hara (back, stomach and hip muscles). A strong hara is essential whatever the style of martial art that you are studying.

Rob Watson
05-22-2013, 02:27 PM
As a beginner, you're probably best focusing on general physical conditioning for now.

Squats ... lots of them.

phitruong
05-22-2013, 02:42 PM
Work your hara (back, stomach and hip muscles). A strong hara is essential whatever the style of martial art that you are studying.

you meant eating a big meal every day? i hit the buffet line on a regular basis. my hara is quite powerful. :)

phitruong
05-22-2013, 02:46 PM
Squats ... lots of them.

second. but with qualification. sloooooowwww squat and keep both feet flat on the ground. those systema buggers have a brutal way of doing squat. see how slow can you do 1 squat. :D

Aikeway
05-22-2013, 09:38 PM
Duck walking is also good. As you duck walk, you should say out aloud "quack, quack" at regular intervals as this teaches humility, a very important thing in aikido. Apparently the French Foreign Legion also do this as a training exercise with new recruits.

Aikeway
05-23-2013, 02:15 AM
The duck walking is good preparation for shiko walking.

grondahl
05-23-2013, 05:19 AM
Duck walk is pretty rough on the knees.

My suggestion would be: cardio (running if possible), squats, hindu pushups, back bridges.

lbb
05-23-2013, 09:38 AM
second. but with qualification. sloooooowwww squat and keep both feet flat on the ground. those systema buggers have a brutal way of doing squat. see how slow can you do 1 squat. :D

Yep. Squats are a great way to build core strength - but they're also a great way to get hurt if you're not careful, so get a trainer to teach you how to do them right. Squats and other complementary core strength exercise, and then don't forget the aerobic conditioning. A foundation of good fitness will do more to advance your aikido training than trying to practice techniques at home that you've only just been exposed to for the first time.

bkedelen
05-23-2013, 09:46 AM
People are not concerned enough about the dangers of squatting. Attempting to mount and unmount the crapper should only be done under the supervision of a qualified trainer. If only our bodies were already designed for this kind of movement.