Re: Poll: How helpful has using visual media (videos, DVDs, software, etc) been in your aikido training?
Hi Ron, - we also video ourselves and it is really encouraging. When you see your students from even a year back, the difference is tremendous. I think the progression in aikido is so difficult to feel personally that often you feel like you aren't progressing, but seeing video footage is not only a good way to spot current mistakes, but a good way to feel that the training you are doing really is worth it.
P.S. Dave - that is really encouraging 'cos I do spend/waste alot of time looking at Ueshiba and I agree, I have NEVER seen him put a foot wrong (but maybe all the stumbling and cock-ups are edited out !)