Re: Weapons training leads to good aikido.
My instructor, Hiroshi Kato says that weapons training is necessary to help you to understand how to move in Aikido. Apart from everything already mentioned, our weapons system emphasizes heavily the proper foot and body movement and martial distance as well. It teaches how to employ the hips, how to move in and out, and the correct form of the techniques. People that have been exposed to our system are amazed at how close it is to the body arts. Working with weapons also helps to understand the feeling of the energy in your body and how to extend it when you make the application. Our Sensei has said that weapons is what you can do in Aikido when you are alone.