Re: Poll: How often does your aikido instructor discuss the philosophy of aikido during class?
Reguardless of the variations on the original intent of O Sensei, I still believe it important to understand the philosophy behind the action to fully grasp not only what you are doing on the mat but why you do that instead of something else. Religion has no part to play in philosophy . They are two distinctly different things.
Mat time is for physical interaction in the learning of Aikido but you are only getting part of the picture without the reasoning behind it. Aikido is for everyone of every race, creed color,etc. Some people just train differently I suppose. I enjoy more what I am doing by understanding the intent behind the action. I just thought that more people might feel the same.
Philosophy over beer is good too sometimes in the right company though, I have to admit.
Thanks again for the discussion,