Re: Poll: How important is the philosophy of aikido during your "on the mat" training?
For a long time I viewed aikido as primarily self-defence or joyful exercise, but rarely as an exercise in philosophy. Now I realize aikido has helped shape who I am and how I interact with those around me. I am much kinder and more willing to diffuse confrontation and foster positive or at least neutral feelings. So, even without knowing it, the philosophy of aikido has been very important to my "on the mat" training. I don't have down completely yet, but the journey to understanding and practicing the philosophy of harmony is both challenging and rewarding.