Re: Poll: How aesthetically pleasing is your instructor's aikido?
I think I know what you mean. I was criticized by Sensei for it when my back injuries were at their worst. Lately, after many years, and lots of therapy I am beginning to feel techniques 'through my feet' again. Shihonage felt like one of the chi kung postures I use to heal. When uke pulled back - they pulled themselves into the technique.
To me feeling is primary martial training tool - eyes are secondary. Functionality before aesthetics.