Re: Poll: How often does your aikido instructor discuss the philosophy of aikido during class?
Quoting O Sensei:
" The Way is like the veins that circulate the blood through our bodies, following the natural flow of the life force. If you are separated in the slightest from that Divine essence, you are far off the path. "
This among many other recorded statements and writings by the founder of the Aikido form would lead me to believe that the philosophy is an intregral part of the art of Aikido. To have a sensei as well as senoir students laugh at a question reguarding such an important part of Aikido seems somehow foreign to me and wrong as well. If you are not learning the philosophy which accompanies the physical actions, it seems to me you are learning something other than the Aikido which O Sensei handed down to us.
Just my observation,