The advanced level of training at Shobu Aikido reaches a level probably not to be found anywhere else. The student learns how to manifest power and effectiveness by the focusing of intention alone. This level depends on and can only be reached through the refinement of technique and the students own deepest feeling. For this reason it alternates between the physical and the spiritual.
At the intermediate level students develop fluidity and grace and a fundamental understanding of martial application in actual self-defense. The student begins to realize how flexibility and properly executed technique can overcome even a much physically stronger adversary.