Re: Poll: How aesthetically pleasing is your instructor's aikido?
I don't see why "aesthetically pleasing" has to mean visual.
One of my junior classmates was doing shihonage with me last night and I felt as though I was just standing there disconnected from what he was doing. I mentioned this and the next shihonage I was swirled through the technique and onto the mat in one continuous flowing motion. I don't know what it looked like to an observer, but I would definitely consider that one a beautiful throw. It worked a lot better, too.