Aikidoka - A practitioner of Aikido, with the implication of professional or serious participant. Kakari keiko - Group practice, or continuous practice, often one or sometimes two throws per person before changing partners. Kotodama - A practice of intoning various sounds which are phonetic components of the Japanese language for the purpose of producing mystical states.
Mushin - No mind, quiet mind, nothingness, a feeling of undistracted naturalness which is important to good practice, giving over of the self. Okinaga - Breathing practice, timed training to fill your lungs completely and then exhale completely and silently so that all the breath is sent out to the universe.
Shin-gi-tai - Heart, technique, posture, three qualities to be polished in aikido practice.
When I first started working full time as a tarot reader and Reiki practitioner, I had a Reiki client who was discussing meditation with me. Best practice is to sit forward to the edge of the chair, spine erect, feet flat on the floor, with an alert but relaxed posture. Best practice for Japanese meditations, such as Joshin Kokyu Ho taught in Reiki, is to sit in seiza, which means correct sitting. The other important reason to have a dedicated meditation practice is to develop discipline.
Gradually, through this interplay of breaks and sitting, the barrier between meditation and everyday life will crumble, the contrast between them will dissolve, and you will find yourself increasingly in your natural pure presence, without distraction. Contrary to me expectations, when I stopped practicing as soon as bliss, clarity, or some other wonderful experience occurred, the effects lasted much longer than when I tried to hang on to them. Even more important, I discovered that ending my meditation practice at the point at which I experienced something of bliss, clarity, or non-conceptuality was a great exercise in learning to let go of the habit of dzinpa, or grasping. It is always proper as well, to say thank you in the native language of the country in which you are practicing. Practically, the proper focal point of the gaze is somewhere around and below, but not directly into, the partners eyes, and certainly never fixed upon the attacking, hand or weapon. In some dojos, the hakama is also worn by women of all ranks, and in some dojos by all practitioners.
Training in hanmi handachi waza is a good way of practicing techniques as though with a significantly larger or taller opponent.
The concept of ki is one of the most difficult associated with the philosophy and practice of Aikido.
The founder of Aikido was greatly interested in Shinto and neo-Shinto mystical practices, and he incorporated a number of them into his personal Aikido practice.

Although Aikido techniques are usually practiced with a single partner, it is important to keep in mind the possibility that one may be attacked by multiple aggressors.
Observance of proper etiquette at all times and especially observance of proper dojo etiquette, is as much a part of training as the practice of techniques. In many dojos it is considered proper to address the instructor during practice as Sensei rather than by name, in others this is reserved for a senior instructor or visiting instructor.
These techniques have their historical origin partly in the practice of requiring all samurai to sit and move about on their knees while in the presence of a feudal lord (daimyo). The scope of Aikido is not limited only to the standard, named techniques one studies regularly in practice. In particular, Zen emphasizes various sorts of meditative practices, which are supposed to lead the practitioner to a direct insight into the fundamental character of reality (mokuso). She wanted to have a daily meditation practice and had been successful with a meditation practice in the past, but was having problems currently. To that extent, meditation does not end when we stand up from our seated practice, but must be brought into all aspects of our lives. A friend told me once that he was in a constant state of meditation and so didn’t need to have a specific daily practice. One ritual book I have suggests that to start meditating first practice simply sitting still, not moving, for five minutes—just paying attention to your body and your natural impulses. Recorded meditations have a lot of benefits—an advanced practitioner is leading you, the time is always the same, you can relax into it rather than worry if you’re doing it right—you can surrender to it. I also found that I was much more eager to meditate the next time I was supposed to practice.
In advanced practice, weapons such as the bokken are used in learning subtleties of certain movements, the relationships between armed and unarmed techniques and defenses against weapons. Kaeshi waza practice helps to instill a sensitivity to shifts in resistance or direction in the movements of one's partner. Although there are some specific exercises for misogi practice, such as breathing exercises, every aspect of Aikido training maybe looked upon as misogi. Some teachers remove the weighty philosophical implications, and the pressures of expectation which accompany them, by referring to the pre-class meditation as sitting quietly. The founder of Aikido was a devotee of Omotokyo and incorporated some elements from it into his Aikido practice. Sitting this way may require practice, but provides both a stable base and easy starting point for movement. Although some Aikido students may practice zen, there is no formal relationship between Aikido and zen.

I do think that what works best for a beginner is not the same as what works best for an expert, and I also have experienced the new insight that arises from revisiting a beginner practice. The learned connection between this quiet state and the other benefits of Aikido practice will establish naturally.
A boxer might practice with a jump rope, but would never use the jump rope in the ring, rather, the skills provided by the jumping exercise would be present in the ring, whether apparent to an observer or not. Also, a cushion like a zafu (straddle it to sit in seiza) or a seiza bench can lift your butt off your legs and take some of the strain off your knees, making this more comfortable for longer meditations or if you’re not used to sitting in seiza.
The reason we have best practices in posture is to find a position that keeps the body relaxed, awake, and comfortable so that our physical form doesn’t interfere with quieting our mind. What I have discovered in my practice is that the time I spend in sitting meditation is necessary to maintain the meditative awareness throughout the day.
If you do many short sessions like this, your breaks will often make your meditation more real and more inspiring; they will take the clumsy, irksome rigidity, solemnity, and unnaturalness out of your practice and bring you more and more focus and ease. I think guided meditations can be part of your practice, but I don’t think they are ideal as your primary meditation practice. I rarely sit for my daily practice without setting a timer or using a mala (which can be used to count a certain number of mantras, prayers, or breaths). But the important thing about meditation is to do it every day, and whatever practice draws you to your meditation cushion is your best practice. In Aikido practice nage communicates unambiguously to uke that resistance is futile but that there is one, and only one, way out.
In the course of practicing ukemi, one has the opportunity to monitor the way one is being moved so as to gain a clearer understanding of the principles of Aikido techniques. So if the posture that is commonly taught does not quiet the body but increases its complaints, your best practice would be to find a different posture to use. If you love using guided meditations, maybe you can establish a morning routine of quiet, private, personal practice and use the guided meditation in the evening or after work (a nice way to transition between worlds). Using a tool to time my practice lets me enter more deeply into my meditation, lets me release any worry about how long I’ve been sitting (a particular ending point has already been established), and can be used as a training tool to increase the amount of time spent in practice.
Just as standard Aikido techniques provide strategies for defending against physical attacks, so does ukemi practice provide strategies for defending against falling or even against the application of an Aikido or Aikido-like technique. Also use a name of you budo classes sit posture there On proper, right, true, and i guess the sensei sitting.

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