What is “centering” in Aikido?
The final aim of Aikido is to integrate physical and mental training to develop a confident person who can think clearly and react instantly on and off the mat. It is only through constant training that a student (an Aikidoist or Aikidoka) can acquire the habits of mind which make this integration possible.
In Aikido, such an integrated person is said to be “centered.” A centered person displays a confident and relaxed posture, and centering gives Aikido movements their appearance of grace and simple elegance. Thus, Aikido training helps a student to become calm and centered and enables the student to deal with stress and aggression in an efficient and decisive manner on the mat, at home, at school, or at work.
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