Re: Poll: How important is physical aesthetics in your aikido training?
I discovered and have learned that presence of mind, composure- "ant - ai" is fundamental. It's outward expression is grace. As in all aikido, "separation" of mind & body is to be avoided; there is a constant ebb & flow between these. What is awkward in one is imbalance in the other & vice versa - composure in one is balance in the other. Therefore form and function are integrated in aikido, so aesthetic is "very important". Why not "critically important"? We are all students and are learning, so we must take each other and ourselves as we are, imperfect and clumsy, and can't expect perfection; it would interfere with learning.