Re: Poll: How important is "being martially effective" in your aikido training?
Saotome always says: "The dojo is your battlefield"
We can open another thread about what he might mean. At least it is orderly mind and behaviour in classes. To some it might look like military drill, but what I have seen it is just being serious.
And martial art just means the art to survive on the battlefield. Another explanation is to "die awesome", and it is all the same.
You have to learn to do what you have to do without fear, and you have to decide when there is the right time to hide, go away or run.
And while surviving the battlefield "dojo", you are learning to survive on any other battlefield, the next is called "company".
I'd say you need some martial awareness according to the definition above. Effectiveness will come by time. You should not try to enforce it, as you might spoil it.