Re: Poll: How important is the philosophy of aikido outside of your "on the mat" training?
When I first began studying aikido, it never really occurred to me how my "on the mat" practice would carry on to everyday life. But now, I have been able to see how the concepts and principles of aikido affect every decision I make and my attitude towards life and other people. My aikido experiences, while differing from good to bad, has affected me greatly and I believe that is the goal of most, if not all, Japanese budo and other martial arts, to carry out into everyday life.
From the reason a technique is performed, to the ideal of universal peace, the philosophy, whether technical or mental/spiritual, affects everything in my life, in one way or the other.