Re: Highest Level Martial Arts and Aikido
OK Mike, if I understand you now, then to try and paraphrase/grossly oversimplify your argument:
"Swinging a bokken - like pretty much everything else in aikido - has a bunch of subtleties that will be lost on the casual observer. Nobody is going to understand those subtleties just by watching a video and practising a lot. They are, however, still going to be able to give someone an almighty whack with the bokken at the end of the practise."
So it's not that Trainee Swordsman X is failing to improve because he's copying the move without some esoteric understanding, he's simply copying the move badly?
Which doesn't seem too controversial in itself...?