Re: Poll: Is enduring physical pain necessary in getting better at aikido?
There's pain and then there's pain.... everyone experiences pain differently, so too much for one may be nothing to another. It's too subjective to quantify.
As to whether it is necessary to endure physical pain to get better at Aikido, no, I don't believe it is. Physical pain can be a great barrier to learning. Mental pain, OTOH, I think is necessary for progress. Until your ego has been sorted out you're not going to improve - he who thinks he knows it all cannot learn.