Mark Walsh wrote:
What is the mechanism by which personal change/growth occurs in aikido practitioners?
I would like to start this thread from the assumption that, that aikido does in some way change us as people, and to ask how
this transformation occurs? Is it for example the result of simple physical exercise, increased social support or of other spiritual factors.
I've only been at aikido for a year, and haven't noticed much spirital change, but the biggest change for me is ukemi skills and reflexes. I nearly fell out of a truck while holding hay hooks, but ukemi had me accustomed to the mechanics of falling, and landed in the truck bed with relatively no harm. You can picture this incedent looking as humorous as you like, I dont mind!