There is a ton of the warm up exercises and variations of each one, just like the techniques and the entrances. Changing a speed of the same move can make you feel different. No matter where you do aikido – a class is going to start from a warm up most of the times. Warm up exercises are usually the simple ones to do. They are about stretching, breathing, unlocking your joints and preparing your body for a harder work. You are trying to get a detailed feeling of these little parts of your body, preparing your mind also and concentrating on the present moment. These simple moves will tell you how hard are you able to go this time. You must try to remember this every time you start a warm up. It’s not only a tradition.
If you ever tried to find some good educational videos about ukemi – there’s a good chance that you stopped looking right when Donovans Meeting the Mat explanations were found. This is what happened to me. You may get no idea why it’s attractive but you get the feel that everything should work like that. It’s the softness of falls and smooth moves are making the feeling.