Master Black Belt
- Feb 18, 2015
- Reaction score
|I fail to understand how time spent perfecting technique will be trumped by time spent swinging kettlebells..
Aikido and Judo - Interview with Gozo Shioda and Masahiko Kimura
Interviewer: Shioda sensei, were you doing some special kind of conditioning?
Shioda: No – in Aikido, in order not to create stagnation in the body, you mustn’t build up your muscles. However, I didn’t understand that when I was young, so I would hide from Ueshiba sensei and lift weights. When he found out I’d really get scolded. Of course it’s natural to want to make your body strong when you’re young, and logic comes later. Anyway, you should just train as much as you can. I trained everyday from five in the morning until nine at night! I think that kind of period is important to have when you’re young
Aikido proper is a pure internal art. All the musculature development is meant to develop & support maximum, then optimum action from ki power. Weight lifting is in the least superfluous & in the worst detrimental to damaging against that ideal. Exercise of the natural body in tandem with traditional Aikido practices can produce of the physical strength required...
The reason you never see Aikido in MMA is that it's about the most difficult traditional martial art style to master. We've got loads of MT posts, posters on about Aikido & I seriously doubt they are doing the true art....