Re: Poll: How important has experiencing other martial arts been for you in understanding aikido more deeply?
I selected the "not very important" answer. I am finding that in order for me to approach learning and understanding Aikido, I have to put previous martial arts experience on a back burner. Where other martial arts rely more on sight, aikido seems to rely more on the sense of touch and feeling.
Also, the more I train, the more I realize that Aikido is all about sustaining life and giving uke a second chance. It is about forgiveness and understanding and letting uke learn from his/her mistakes without killing or causing great injury to him/her.
I suppose taking other martial arts in the past has helped me some with my balance, confidence, etc., but it really doesn't help me to understand aikido.