Mike Lee (mike lee) wrote:
Proficiency in aikido is not a substitute for being physically fit.
That's true. I would say further, that everyone
should be physically fit, whether they're in Aikido or not, whether they're instructors or not simply for reasons of personal health.
In terms of Aikido, I'm a big fan of physical fitness because of the improvement in the safety factor - people injure less and heal more quickly. Also, people can spend more time and energy training and less time sitting out or just pushing themselves to stand up. That being said, "physically fit" is a relative term that's different for everybody.