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If it was easy then everyone would do it.

Training in Aikido, or any martial art for that matter, requires that one puts their all into it.  In Japanese this "all in" attitude is called isshokenmeiIsshokenmei means to put forth an effort equivalent to if one's "dear life" was at stake.  The word Isshokenmei has two different sets of kanji.  The first,  一所懸命 means to protect one's land and the other 一生懸命 means to protect life.  This one 一所懸命 is more commonly use today despite the fact that most of us don't have any land to protect.

The Japanese are huge fans of herculean efforts and almost always go with the sentimental favorite over the "big" guy.  One can see this in the creation of all of the Japanese martial arts and in the great stories of the heroes of those arts.

The martial arts is completely egalitarian in that whoever puts in the work gets good.  There are no short cuts, magic pills or secrets.  If you want to get good, you just have to put in the isshokenmei.