Why the Seiza position before the class starts?
The Seiza position gives steadiness and readiness before and to the action, it is also a good position to create calmness in your mind.
Check points for the Seiza position:
The following hands positions are also possible:
To have your personal satisfaction from the Aikido, which is an important matter, the Aikido offers you the possibility of physical and mental satisfaction.
When people are coming to the Aikido, they are looking for some kind of physical satisfaction doing the combat techniques and fight to win from each other. This is deeply connected with the individual instinct to be satisfied by winning trough the exercise and Aïkido offers it.
However, afterwards a more intelligent person will recognise that the method of the Aïkido is not only winning from others but mostly winning within yourself. If you make this concept yours, your personal satisfaction from the Aïkido will be greater. The winning within yourself means controlling your thoughts according to the opposed situation.
Many features compose the methods to exercise in the Aïkido:
Concerning the matter of taking an instant decision when being attacked by doing the appropriate technique improves the ability to see the forth coming.
To maintain a good health, to be able to make an instant decision, to adapt oneself to any opposed situation, to see the forth coming, all those matters offered by the Aikido will, I am sure, help you to go through in your life.
May 22, 1985
Signed by Seiichi Sugano