Re: Poll: Does the philosophy of aikido need to be explicitly discussed during class for the training to be "aikido"?
More simply put I think that all of us have the same teacher OSensei did - the society, world and universe around us. I like seeing each tree, but I think it is wise to also see the forest. An interesting article on this website quoted OSensei when he was asked what to call the his aikido techniques. He was reported to answer "I don't care, call them what you like."
I think he was more interested in the journey than the names of the trees along the way.