Re: Poll: How important is physical aesthetics in your aikido training?
There's a difference between beautiful and elegant. I have seen beautiful technique that had "no teeth" and beautiful technique that had teeth and was in fact elegant in its form, simplicity, and application. I have also seen unattractive technical form that had no teeth and unattractive technical form that had teeth and yet was elegant in the same way as the beautiful form.
I think it comes down to appropriately applied principle, efficiency, and riai. This, to me, is the aesthetics of waza. Some of us are beautiful in our practice and some of us aren't ... I suspect that we are not the best judge of such things in our own practice. As long as the solution to the problem is "elegant" I'll leave the "beauty" of it to the eyes of the beholders.
Akemashite omedeto gozaimasu