Re: can aikido benefit from chinese arts?
I feel it helps greatly, particularly in the area of developing better centering and balance. The exercises are typically quite different, but if you keep in mind the principles they are teaching and how they relate to the same principles in Aikido, you'll gain a great benefit from them. They are also really handy for when you travel a lot like me, and can't get down to the local dojo to train. The single person exercises and the forms help continue to train your basic principles without needing a partner.