Re: Poll: Is enduring physical pain necessary in getting better at aikido?
Just warmup stretching causes a little bit of pain. You gain confidence once you know what pain might be coming with a technique and then knowing you can overcome it. You give a more committed attack knowing that you can take whatever the person dishes out.
P.S.---this applies to all techniques except nikyo ura and sankyo.....those just hurt for no good reason ;-)