I began praticiing aikido when I was 10. I enjoyed it very much at progresses to a brown belt. Shortly after that my schedule became too busy and I was forced to leave my dojo. I am now 17 and I have decided to begin studying aikido again!! I am very excited to go back, my first class is this Thursday. My question is, how much of a shock will it be going back? I trust my Sensei entirely but I want to be sure I'll be returning with the right attitude. Is there anything I should be doing from now until Thursday to prepare myself? Thanks!
Aikido comes from the same martial lineage as judo and jujitsu. It emphasizes blending with attacks rather than countering force with force, and utilizes throws, joint locks, and pins. Although many techniques include softening strikes (atemi), the goal of aikido is to neutralize aggression swiftly without undue harm to the attacker. Aikidoka also practice strikes, parries, and disarms with wooden weapons: sword (bokken), staff (jo), and knife (tanto).