Re: Poll: How important is knowing step-by-step kihonwaza (basic techniques) for beginning aikido students?
I voted "somewhat important" primarily b/c in my dojo we stress movement rather than technical mastery . . . and I think that, as has been stated, every technique is really much more refined than it initially appears. I'm in the upper ques now, and am still working on techniques that were among the first ones taught. You don't "get" shiho-nage right off, so I think it's more important to get the movement than the technique per se