Re: Why are you here on this forum?
Well - I know this thread is aimed at those outside of Aikido so I don't really qualify.
FWIW although I don't agree with everything that Dan , Don and Mike Sigman for instance post, I certainly welcome and value their input and over time have seen much good advice within it.
On the one hand you get an insight onto just how much is involved in the study of internals, ki and such, and from the others you get an opinion on what it is to focus on purely martial effectiveness.
While most of us are just gonna keep on trucking when it comes to our training, at least some validation takes place when we read their posts so we at least consider an alternative view.
I'd hate to feel that us Aikidoka were becoming a completly separate bunch from the rest of the MA world - theres surely more common ground than variance?