Re: Poll: How important is actively applying the "principles" of aikido "off the mat" in your everyday life?
Critically important. I'm a skilled Ju Jitsu man. Grrr, nasty tough mean - and all it got me was a nose that points to the right. ouch.
Applying what I've learned at aikido has changed my life - kept me in a job, kept me out of trouble. I went back to aikido in my middle age with what it turned out was a bad attitude. My kind Sempai 'gently corrected' my bad attitude and now I feel better. I have learned to SHOW respect. I show respect to my boss, my coworkers and the janitoral staff. The result - no more fighting, and some contentment.