The most visible feature of Aikido training is the repetitive practice of various motions known as kata (forms), until rational and unforced movement flows naturally throughout the body.
Unifying the body, mind and ki (internal energy), and utilizing internal order together with physical balance, each person can express their hidden potential through the dynamism of their technique. The techniques harmonize and neutralize the aggressor’s force. Aikido training requires physical, mental, spiritual and ethical practices. It includes body movement, empty hand, sword, stick and knife techniques.
With no competitions in Aikido, winning and losing are eliminated as a concern. Students can freely dedicate their efforts to mutual goals. As people with diverse characters and lifestyles come together for practice, they gain concrete experience in reconciling different points of view. In addition, each train and progresses at his or her own pace, finding harmony through personal development. Students practice with one another in pairs, after the teacher had demonstrated a technique. Each taking turns as the attacker and the defender. Regular practice brings a sense of authenticity and self-confidence that permeates all aspects of daily life. For all who dedicate themselves, Aikido is challenging path, demanding perseverance to improving both spirit and body. The recognition and acceptance of this aspect of training are the surest means of consistent personal development.