Originally posted by colinlam
Thanks again. Please correct me if I'm wrong, aim of weapon training is to get Aikidoka to concentrate more and get on with the "flow" more easily. Am I right ?
Sorry to be so tardy in getting back to you. I've been busy with work and family.
To answer your question, I personally believe your hypothesis is part of the story. For me, there is a congruency between aikiken, aikijo and aiki-taijutsu that runs deep and reaches far. We talk about "Riai" meaning something like "combined truth".
I find myself focusing on different things at different times. Some of this is directed by my instructor, some is just on my own.
I don't think it's a requirement to study the aiki weapons to study aikido, but for me it helps.
I hope your visit to an aikido class goes well. If there is more than one that will work for you, I'd advise checking them all out.
Please keep us posted as to how it goes. You are also welcome to e-mail me privately, if you wish.