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Old 01-24-2011, 12:19 PM   #28
Dave de Vos
 
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Re: Aikido training - Why are you searching for internal strength?

I don't feel that aikido is lacking. My aikido is surely lacking, but I am just a beginner, so I don't worry about that. I just admire the skill of my sempai and sensei and I hope that some day I will be as skillful as they are.

But I'd like my solo training to be effective in conditioning my body for aikido. From different sources I understand that muscle training would not do my aikido much good, so I've just been doing the warming up and stretching exercises we do at the beginning of a class.

Then I read about IS here on AikiWeb and my curiosity was aroused. From further reading, I understand that it is not a martial art in itself. It's a way of conditioning the body, like weight training, yoga or Ki exercises. But IS conditioning could be more effective for aikido than other conditioning exercises.

I just want to find out for myself if IS exercises are indeed what I am looking for.

Last edited by Dave de Vos : 01-24-2011 at 12:33 PM.
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