Re: Poll: How important is slow training in aikido?
I like to break training up into 3 types (in order of progression):
1. stationary (i.e. a hard grab) - to learn body mechanics
2. slow attack and slow response - to learn how to blend with precision and increase sensetivity whilst maintaining connection (also to learn how to change technique, when and why)
3. fast and hard attacks - to learn timing and develop reactions
Thus IMO slow training is an essential aspect of aikido and without it it is difficult to improve sensivity and blending.