Re: Do we train enough to understand our art's meaning and philosophy?
To my earlier point, I think we [Aikido] accept verbal instruction with more leniency than physical instruction.
There are plenty of people training who intellectually do not know what they are talking about yet we are not critical of that instruction. I think someone competent to speak about maai should be able to realize that instruction in their physical aikido. Student instructors are often put in a role of instructing about a topic in which they are still learning... the result is more talk and less action because their intellectual competency exceeds their physical competency.
To the point of the thread, I think we tend to abuse our claim to know aikido, but have difficulty realizing aiki in our movement. The proverbial armchair quarterback, so to speak. This creates an inconsistency with what we say and what we do.