Re: Poll: Is enduring physical pain necessary in getting better at aikido?
Pain might not be required to learn Aikido, but it certainly speeds up the process.
Everything from making your breakfalls better (so they don't hurt) to understanding what direction to move in and when is facilitated by pain. Learning Aikido without pain would be a little like learning to juggle without ever dropping a ball. Difficult, unlikely, drawn out and probably unrealistic.