Re: Poll: Is enduring physical pain necessary in getting better at aikido?
In my opinion the source of pain until now in the most replys is thought to be external or caused by accident.
I am familiar with a kind of pain that derives from the strive for correct posture/gesture, relaxation against muscular tension i.e. while trying to get softer or to move unwillingly. Such kind of pain seems to be very helpfull to incorporate aiki priciples or - step by step - more effective posture/gesture.