hyakusen renma, veteran of many battles百戦錬磨Hyakusen Renma Literal translation: 100 battles gains improvement Figurative meaning: To gain wisdom through experience

With this mindset in training is how one improves.  Aikido is an experiential martial art.  One needs to do it to improve upon it.  Sensei often alluded to  this when he said, "The Way is in training."  If we don't come to class, how do we expect to improve?