R. Haruo Hori wrote:
I have to agree with Boon on this one... philosophizing is done off the mat. Seriously, if you try and concentrate on philosophy during toshu randori geiko, you'd end up with something like this:
You: Immanuel Kant was a real pissant who was very rarely stable, Heidegger, Heidegger was a boozy beggar who could think you under the table, David Hume could out con-
Opponent: *** SHOMENATE! ***
You: *** UNCONSCIOUS... ***
Well, let's just agree to disagree then, but I do want to point out; the original poll said nothing of discussing
philosophy on the mat, it asked how important the philosophy of aikido was to your on the mat training.
I don't know about you, but how I train on the mat is decided based entirely on my and my various instructors' philosophy of aikido and how and what I am studying and practicing. If that isn't critical to what I'm doing with and to my partner on the mat, then I don't know what is.