Re: Poll: How aesthetically pleasing is your instructor's aikido?
To me, aikido looks good because of two important things:
1. Your body is aligned in a position that is ergonomic and natural
2. Your partner and you work in cooperation to resolve a technique
But sometimes I think that we become so concerned with appearances, the function of aikido is lost. When we lose focus on "why," we begin to move for no reason. This is what I call "aiki movement." Movement that may look like aikido, but has no purpose and therefore is not aikido. Aiki movement is the culprit for the negative stigma that usually surrounds aikido technique. That's a fine line to walk...