Brad Medling wrote:
The way you train is the result of your technique e.g., you react in accordance with the way you have trained so, I would not, in my humble opinion sum up aikido simply as the way you train if you say that other arts use techniques that are in-part similar or even them same.
What makes aikido what it is, is a culmination of many things. I can find Aiki in just about anything. For example, orenaite in someone picking up an object in front of them or pushing a lawn mower, etc..
But you have just said exactly what I think. It's the way you do it that counts - and if the way you mow the lawn follows aiki
principles, then it is indeed a reflection of aiki
. It is not the techniques that count, but the way you train.