Re: why do people search outside Aikido for IS?
I'm one of those that doesn't feel there's anything wrong with our aikido or how we practice it. Our instructor was a student of Ueshiba, Tohei and host of martial arts greats from that era and someone who fought with what he knew many times. He would learn from anyone who could prove they had something to teach. Considering that, I'd be a fool if I did not do the same when the opportunity is there. For me, "going outside" has been internal training. The funny thing is that after doing it for a while now, it doesn't feel "outside" at all. It's been like shining a light on everything I've heard, read and done for years now. I find that refreshing and fun. Especially when after putting in enough time with it, the difference is obvious.