Re: The Only Things I Really Teach Are How to Breath And How To Walk
Just to throw an idea out there, which certainly applies to weapons kata, and applies to empty-hand kata as well but only if you use empty-hand kata which most Aikido systems do not...
A well-constructed kata will supply all kinds of feedback to the mechanical fundamentals such as how to hold the sword, cut, move, breathe, transfer weight, etc. Ideally the kata will simply not work if these things are not attended to. At the least, a teacher with a good eye should be able to catch students doing something that seems a little off and correct them to give them a sense of what should feel right.
Then, while their brains are focused on the kata at a certain level, their bodies should be developing the correct habits. That's how it is supposed to work, anyway!