Re: Poll: Is enduring physical pain necessary in getting better at aikido?
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Pain: tricky one. Some people I've trained with have had to experience pain as far as they were concerned to learn a technique while I would consider them complete and utter wimps as the "severe pain" was akin to that from a paper cut - perception matters and learning to deal with a greater degree of pain while maintaining a healthy respect for your body is for me an essential part of any serious martial art. So I'd come down on the side of yes