You can take care of both problems at once. Go get a good leather jump rope. Use it. When you get good try switching feet back and forth instead of jumping both at the same time. After every workout (5min or longer), try to control your breathing. The more you do it, the easier it gets. Make sure your posture is good for all breathing exercises and that you are relaxed.
|Originally posted by abarnhar
I'm very new to Aikido, and am experiencing my first feelings of frustration surrounding my practice. I have two left feet and the grace of a three-legged giraffe.
I was wondering if some of the senior members here could share their stories of working through their times of frustration. Is there any practice on/off the mat that you found especially helpful in developing your ki and calmness?