Re: Basics, basics, basics
I was watching one of Suganuma shihan's after-class talks with his students.
He remembers a time when one of O-sensei's students asked to the effect "why don't you teach us the secrets of aikido?" after seemingly exasperated with repetitive kihon practice, to which O-sensei replied to something like "I am teaching the secrets to you everyday."
This made a huge impact on me.