Re: Poll: How often does your aikido instructor discuss the philosophy of aikido during class?
At the dojo I train at in America, I'd say the philosophy is always there, but rather than speaking at length about it, it's demonstrated in how we work on our posture and movement. In describing various physical principles, sensei could be describing something else too. The prinicples we discuss in how to make Aikidowaza effective can be applied to probably any situation in life: don't get caught up in short-sightedness; utilize your every resource; act in a balanced way; etc. Granted some of these concepts could (and have) provoked books to be written, but in practicing them, we learn them...I hope. I certainly feel like I do.