Re: Poll: How important is solo training (ie by yourself) in your aikido training?
Since I think that solo training includes "visualization" then I would say very important. Its one of the ways to remember techniques and the fear, balance changes and timing that goes along with both the shite and uke part of each technique.
But I don't think that solo training needs to include the more physical aspects of training. I say this mostly because one of my instructors used to say that if I had enough energy left after Aikido classes to go do something else...then I wasn't putting enough into the Aikido class. And we do try to emulate our teachers, right?