Re: Poll: Does the philosophy of aikido need to be explicitly discussed during class for the training to be "aikido"?
I voted no. As a teenager i talked about how judo made the rest of life make sense to me. Some religious friends informed me my viewpoints were 'zen buddhism'. i had no idea what that was, but did not argue. my sensei taught us judo - the philosophy is implied and comes to us intuitively - 'from our feet'.
i bluster and spew and have an advanced education, so realizing the value of intuition that is common to all of us, is wonderful!
Yann Golanski ased "So, what would be the core of values that all styles of Aikido practice?...."
the only principle i feel i can hold onto (almost) all of the time is 'gentleness'.