Re: Poll: Is enduring physical pain necessary in getting better at aikido?
That is a good question. There is physical pain when you first start, your muscles get achy. There is physical pain sometimes when you are learning a technique, if for example you fall incorrectly. So I would say, yes it is necessary. It also depends on you. Some people are really stiff and hard, so they will feel more pain, also everyone has a different level of pain threshold.
It's like life, there's pain. So be creative with it. That being said, if something feels really "wrong" that's not creative pain. I'm not a masochist or anything; it's just there is pain in learning, and in aikido it manifests on a physical level sometimes.