Ukemi (Techniques for falling)
In aikido, falling without harm is a fundamental skill to be mastered. Learning aikido involves being thrown
as well as throwing. More deeply, though, in aikido, we literally learn "to roll with it." This is aikido, the practice of
uniting and flowing with the energy of the world.
Aiki Taiso (Aikido exercises)
The aiki taiso are exercises that contain the basic motions of aikido. Practicing the aiki taiso are akin
to a musician practicing scales.
The basic eight are a series that contain a wide variety of
aikido techniques. They are intentionally complicated and difficult. By knowing the basic eight, the student has a reference
frame for learning aikido. These techniques serve as a gauge for students' progress. They are like a musician's etudes.