Re: Poll: Should philosophy play a part in an aikido curriculum?
Students should primarily train, pursue the physical activity, For some, that is all they will do. They don't care about the baggage that comes with some Aikidoka - spirituality, philosophy, the fictional no touch throws, etc. Their Aikido is no less valid, in fact they may be technically better and probably are, because they have learnt the technique and are not looking for some other magic to help them execute it.
I read, study, examine, train as much as I can (in and out of dojo), ponder, reflect. However, some just get their Aiki through the technique.
Just a bit of philosophy.