Thanks, Dan! I love this guy! He seems to exemplify the essence of what I like about budo practice. A lot of those movements, while obviously done with a far superior understanding (in more than a few ways I'm sure), are very similar to my own solo workouts. It's inspiring to see what dedicated practice looks like instead of my own hap-hazard BS.
All the stuff he's talking about are the things that attracted and presently keep me looking to Aikido. I'm thinking, "he's describing various aspects of misogi," and then as if to punctuate this, he goes and jumps in an icy river. Love it.
I'm not going to get into, but you can line up three people and have them all do -what looks like the same movement- and they are not all doing the same thing. I have had people touch me and they feel instant kuzushi and they do not understand how and why it is happening. Just for starters I can talk about intent, and "when one thing moves, everything moves" till the cows come home here, yet from my experiences I haven't met anyone in the art of Aikido who can do that to any serious level. I see some shihan trying. So I am really not inclined to debate how just that will change someones quality of movement in a way that cannot be seen. Now we can add in what you are moving and how and what is connected, but most everyone is going to feel just like your average athletic gym member doing martial arts.