Re: YouTube - good or bad for aikido?
For me, Youtube was not helpful in getting me to start training. As a Karate student Aikido videos made absolutely no sense to me.
I somewhat sympathize with all of the people who reply to Aikido videos saying they are all staged and fake. I could not fathom, just by watching a youtube video, that there was much to Aikido.
My first night at the dojo, however, and I was hooked. I had to actually feel it, not see it, to understand what was happening.
So, for people who know what the hell is going on, sure, videos are great. For people who have never tried Aikido, I don't think many videos are convincing them to pick up the art.