Aikido's Four Basic Principles


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The four basic principles of Aikido are:

  1. Maintain one-point

  2.  Extend ki

  3.  Relax completely

  4.  Keep weight underside

What is their nature?
How should we understand them?
How can we use them in our practice?
How do we teach them?

These four phrases are in the nature of zen ‘koan’ for aikidoka to ponder and seek through their experience and struggles, both on and off the mat.

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