Re: Poll: How important is the philosophy of aikido during your "on the mat" training?
When I began taking aikido classes I was initially just wanting to "see what it was about." Now that I've been training for a year now, I realize that what I want from my training has changed, from seeing what its about, to self-defense, and now to what lies behind aikido itself.
My "on the mat" practice has been greatly influenced by the philosophy of aikido. While this hasn't always been the fact, presently, this concept has helped me to understand why I train and what aikido has done for me.