Re: Poll: How important is the philosophy of aikido in your everyday aikido training?
I was asked this question at the end of a class a few weeks ago. I think I blathered too much, but what I would have liked to have said is:
The philosophy of Aikido IS Aikido. What we do on the mat is just a way of expressing that philosophy in simple physical terms. It doesn't really matter how good your technique is, if you stop doing aikido the moment you step off the mat, then you're missing what I'm trying to teach you.