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Mental training
Aikido training is mental as well as physical, emphasizing the ability to relax the mind and body even under the stress of dangerous situations.[42] This is necessary to enable the practitioner to perform the bold enter-and-blend movements that underlie aikido techniques, wherein an attack is met with confidence and directness.[22] Morihei Ueshiba once remarked that one "must be willing to receive 99% of an opponent's attack and stare death in the face" in order to execute techniques without hesitation.[6] As a martial art concerned not only with fighting proficiency but also with the betterment of daily life, this mental aspect is of key importance to aikido practitioners.[43]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aikido#Mental_training

Tomorrow I'll drop in a dojo to watch an aikido class, if I like it... I'll join it.

What do you thing about martial arts as working out to overcome anxiety?

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I wrestled/judo for a lot of my life. You would be surprised how many introverts do that. Anyhow I say do it; it will stretched you and will transform how you define the word limitation. You will be in tip-top shape especially if you decide to compete even just in the distant landscape; anything is possible my friend.

I knew a wrestler that supplemented with aikido he was very difficult to take down.

not exactly pertinent to SA but I figured I might as well share.
 

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I did this for a year...got my *** kicked plenty. I liked it!
 
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