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Waking up early can be good for the mind yes....read it in Aikido in Daily Life by Tohei.
If you spring out of bed as soon as you awaken, ready for the day with a postive mindest it can have an impact on your whole day. Just like a year only has one New Years Day, A day only has one moment when you first wake up..... Something to that effect I believe.
To speak ill of anything is against the nature of Aikido
Gone of the days when I would have a peasant caste work for me, get my food, make my clothes and such, sadly I cannot commit to a full time schedule. Sooo.... where can I find hours.... well... having a job, a lady and the need to see other people not wearing hakama 6am is my only option.... rubbish.
Early compared to themselves or to the society they live in?
I'm asking because if you wake yourself up before you feel fully rested, you might say it's some sort of self discipline training. But if you just set your internal timer to be 1-2 hours earlier than everybody else then perhaps you're just searching for some quiet, undisturbed practice time.