Re: Poll: How helpful is feeling techniques in learning aikido for you?
I came up principally in Saotome schools. He's masterful at imparting the feeling of a technique.
Years later, I find myself inclined to Yoshinkan/Iwama/DR style, "This is where you put your foot"-style teaching. I've benefitted greatly from Mary Heiny's step-by-step instruction as well as Saito's videos.
I find it makes my technique more economical, precise.
In my teaching, I try to give my students the benefit of both--clear instructions and lessons built around the prinicpal so they practice the same thing all class, the same feeling, albeit with different "techniques".