Forget to Remember or Remembering to Forget
I found this comment about learning Aikido on another Aikido blog...
"If a beginner can’t remember the techniques after class is over, he or she should not be concerned or discouraged because with regard to learning techniques, the founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba said, “Learn and Forget, learn and forget.”
By this, he meant that the ability to perform Aikido techniques was not based on the power of memory, but by practicing continually. It is through constant training that we will naturally remember and learn Aikido techniques and through steady and regular training, we will someday naturally and spontaneously reproduce the movements of Aikido without having to “memorize” the techniques with our minds."
I don't have much to add except that I hope it true, since remembering Aikido is...well it is just hard.
which has a wonderful design.