You see... If a class is 2 hours long, the first 20-30 minutes is taken up by warm-ups and stretching to prepare your mind and body for Aikido training. Then you may cover a series of basic movements for 30 minutes, to remind you of the correct attitude, mindset and form. Maybe another 30 minutes, is spent covering several basic and advanced techniques. After a small amount of lecturing on theory... the class is over.
You must have noticed that in each class you are taking a long time just to reach the skill level you were at in previous classes. Once this level is reached you can then develop further. BUT it takes almost half a class to return to where you left off each time, so how can you possibly develop good Aikido skills with the little time left.
It can't be done! At least not quickly. This is why it takes so long to reach Dan grade level in Aikido.
Is there an easier way?... you bet there is! The way to develop your Aikido training skills fast, and take your development to a whole new level, is to practise Aikido in daily life. A little at a time, or for best effect, a few hours, that moves you quickly forward to peak levels of skill.
You can easily work on the form, postures or movements at home (make sure there is enough space). A lot of what you learn in Aikido can be practised without your instructor. Of course, an instructor is definitely necessary to give you tips and feedback on techniques specifically, and also about your direction and progress etc.
But YOU can work on many of the aspects of the art, at home, on your own or with a partner just when it suits you. Now don't go throwing each other around without a safe environment and teacher present. But, you can practise your moves slowly, work through them, and think about them. This is the best way of developing your skills fast!
Even better, is to work on using the theory and principles of Aikido in your everyday life. If you are working on the essence of Aikido in daily life, you will learn at a much faster speed! Think about different aspects of the art, do some research, and imagine the new you with great skills and understanding.
You can either change your lifestyle around drastically and just go for it. Or you can introduce aikido into your day, a little at a time... its your choice, but it can be done. There are several key tools, and tips to get the most out of your training...
How to choose an aikido instructor, best ways to focus your mind for training, principles of Aikido - the real key to effective techniques, how to prevent and treat Aikido training injuries, how to avoid many of the training pitfalls that slow you down, and a lot more... all covered in my Aikido Success Blueprint.
I recommend that you study the art of aikido on and off the training mat for the very best results.
Aikido Health Centre
Tony Wilden has been studying health and spirituality for over 30 years, and practising Aikido since 1987. He founded the Arun Aikido Club in West Sussex UK in 1992, and has given 1000's of health treatments. He offers Aikido, Aiki principles, self defence, and pressure points to individuals and small groups.