Recommended reading: “Is Aikido Teachable?” by Peter Goldsbury

The article below by Dr. Peter Goldsbury has been selected from the extensive archives of the Online Aikido Journal. We believe that an informed readership with knowledge of the history, techniques and philosophy of aikido is essential to the growth of the art and its adherence to the principles espoused by Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba.

What a silly question! Of course aikido is teachable. The fact that there are probably a million past and present aikido practitioners in Japan and overseas is eloquent testimony to the fact. Since Morihei Ueshiba actually taught relatively few of these million practitioners, the phenomenal growth of aikido can be due only to the hundreds of dedicated teachers who trained at the hands of the disciples who were taught directly by O-Sensei. This response is plausible, but unconvincing…

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  1. bruce baker says:

    Is Aikido teachable?

    Answer: It depends on what you are teaching, what the student expects to learn, and what the teacher expects the student to learn.

  2. If Aikido is learnable, then yes, it is teachable.

    I have always found the best teacher for anyone is the person in the mirror.

    Happy training!

  3. …the Way is in training. – Miyamoto Musashi

    everybody must have their own way. it is pretty obvious that the few whose way is on the path of aikido share some experiences and gain some common abilities. it may even be that aikido is, as the Founder is reputed to have said, misogi, and they become better people (in the common sense of the word) through training. perhaps an analogy that might fit our American minds is an interstate highway. if you get on the interstate you are going to be on a defined trajectory. hard to tell where you get on, how far you go, or where you get off.

  4. Thank you for a very good and well written article!

    I belive that in Aikido, practioners make their own individual path more then in any other martial art. But the goal of its practioners stays the same. I guess it comes from the natural flow in Aikido that so easily bonds with its practioner. And also the fact that it seems to hold no limit of how far one can progress in it, since Aikido often can be practiced till the end of ones time.

    “Every river has a name
    However these names disappear when flow into the great ocean.
    Aikido has many styles many names, but Aikido is Aikido.
    It is my vision and hope that, like the rivers, they flow together and unite as one”

    Koretoshi Maruyama

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