Re: Poll: Does the philosophy of aikido need to be explicitly discussed during class for the training to be "aikido"?
Aikido to the individual is different for each of us but as with all things, the foundation must be firmly instilled before anything else can be accomplished. Aikido is not just a physical technique, it also requires at least some further more philosophical understanding to grasp the entire foundation. Examples of this would to me include ki extension, sincerity in the uke/ nage relationship, etc. etc.
These are not tangble or necessarily easily learned and require more than just good physical movement.
That is my bit on the subject. Thanks for the time to join in.