Re: Training at Home
Good to see you found aikiweb!
Personally I think press-ups are good physical conditioning for all martial arts (for striking) esp. with a clap in between each press-up. Good for developing striking ability. Around 80 normal press-ups is something to work towards. Bokken work (around 300 cuts) is also good. Sit-ups/crunches also good. Do you think I should draw up an out-of-class exercise regime?
Fitness is also good (through running or esp. swimming). Being fit has many advantages, one of which is that your brain and muscles can still work with less blood in your body so if you get stabbed you are likely to remain concious and active for longer.
Chi Gung can also be useful for developing relaxed power - ask Chris about that.