“As with all higher martial arts based on universal principles, aikido can be practiced and understood on many different levels. Over the years, an aikidoka will experience the same technique being performed in a myriad of ways, ranging from very athletic to extremely subtile. Of course, your perception of the technique will depend on your own athletic ability, maturity, and the level of your teachers. The first time I felt a shihan who was twenty-five years my senior, move me easily and with no apparent strength or speed, I was amazed and extremely excited. From that moment on, my focus shifted: my only desire was to direct my training and study toward the development of that energy.
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