But not so much hips! Recently when training with Gleason Sensei in DC, he said
"One of the biggest problems Aikidoka have is that they still think that they move with their hips! NO. You move from hara."
That was almost an aside in a one hour training session, so I've been trying to figure out what that means. However, by moving my center of thought from my hips to this point above them, and moving that (with a tightening of the abs, too) I seem to be getting some interesting movements happening.
Now as to weather or not those are correct movements or not, time and training will tell.