Re: Starting Aikido?
I think the issue of using strength in aikido maybe deserves it's own thread, however
From my own personla training, I have found that the way people phrase things is often misleading, when i am doing aikido or chinese internal arts I have come across many people who will tell you using strength is bad is not to use strength and this in itself start all sorts of problem like some instuctors telling thier students never to lift weights cos it will ruin their technique.
for sure when i start learning a new technique i try to use as little strength as possible becasue i don;t want to accidently muscle through the technique, but once I have got the basics I start to apply a little bit more strength to it. I think a better way to decribe things is not to RELY on strength rather than not to use it