how small do you or can you make your movements. is it something that you are working towards or do you thin that aikido should always be large and open?
My movements are much smaller than when I first learned them, which suggests that as I move forward in training they will grow smaller still. I don't think Aikido technique should remain very large and open as one develops in one's skill in Aikido. Especially if one's purpose is developing greater martial effectiveness, smaller and quicker is, in my view, better. Having said this, though, I do enjoy practicing with big, open movements. It just feels good to move this way. So, I practice both kinds of movement regularly.