Re: Poll: Does the philosophy of aikido need to be explicitly discussed during class for the training to be "aikido"?
Speaking frankly, I do the same techniques in Ju-jitsu as I do when I'm at Aikido and in largely the same way. So this element of the philosophy is something I find quite confusing. I don't see the link between O-Sensei's philosophy and ordinary every day practice.
If by philosophy you're talking about defending yourself without hurting your opponent, especially if you define hurting as causing perminent damage then I think you're probably talking about a philosophy common to many martial arts.