Originally posted by Abasan
I suppose even though we don't learn any katas in Aikikai, I could still apply that principle when practicing each technique.
Well actually in a way you do. Most Aikikai dojos have particualar techniques that they teach again and again as part of their curriculum. All the kata are in the Shodokan context are a standard collection of waza. The idea at its most basic is that by taking these techniques to a higher level through constant practice - all your Aikido improves.
We by the way introduce free form very early through the method of full resistance randori. A well trained Shodokan person is very adaptable.