Re: Poll: How important has experiencing other martial arts been for you in understanding aikido more deeply?
As my Sensei has a background in alot of arts, we tend to have some extra fun stuff thrown in, mostly silat and sometimes some stretches that I've seen in qouigong <Not sure of the spelling>.
Anyways when asked why he added silat to this in he simply replied "Because thats how I was taught when I was learning."
As for James' quote about Aikido not relying on sight as much as feeling, I tend to agree with you.
I know for fact there is an Aikido sensei who is very good at teaching, and can see just about everything her students do when performing techniques with them. The only thing that might surprise you about here is she is blind.