O Sensei's rules for training Aikido
- Aikido decides life and death in a single strike, so
students must carefully follow the instructor's teaching
and not compete to see who is the strongest.
- Aikido is the way that teaches how one can deal with
several enemies. Students must train themselves to be
alert not just to the front, but to all sides and the
- Training should always be conducted in a pleasant and
- The instructor teaches only one small aspect of the art.
Its versatile applications must be discovered by each
student through incessant practice and training.
- In daily practice first begin by moving your body and
then progress to more intensive practice. Never force
anything unnaturally or unreasonably. If this rule is
followed, then even elderly people will not hurt
themselves and they can train in a pleasant and joyful
- The purpose of aikido is to train mind and body and to
produce sincere, earnest people.Since all the techniques
are to be transmitted person-to-person, do not randomly
reveal them to others, for this might lead to their being
used by hoodlums.
Doshu's addendum to the rules
- Proper aikido can never be mastered unless one strictly
follows the instructors teaching.
- Aikido as a martial art is perfected by being alert to
everything going on around us and leaving no vulnerable
- Practice becomes joyful and pleasant once one has trained
enough not to be bothered by pain.
- Do not be satisfied by what is taught at the dojo. One
must constantly digest, experiment and develop what one
- One should never force things unnaturally or unreasonably
in practice. One should undertake training suited to his
body, physical condition and age.
- The aim of aikido is to develop the truly human self. It
should not be used to display ego.