Re: Poll: Is enduring physical pain necessary in getting better at aikido?
I voted "no" because I don't think that enduring pain is necessary in order to improve your aikido.
Also, at the time I voted I was think more of pain that has resulted from an injury, i.e. the sharp pain that you're body says, "stop doing this stupid."
But then again, we do experience pain when practicing nikkyo, kotegaeshi, and doing awkward breakfalls. I still get up and move on. But is it really necessary to endure pain as a result of these to improve my aikido? "Necessary" meaning as an absolute that one "must" endure? No. Is it a part of aikido that some find helpful if it doesn't lead to serious injury? Yes.
Last edited by giriasis : 10-05-2004 at 11:00 AM.