Lynn Seiser wrote:
IMHO, the quality of the instructors brings and maintains the quality of the students, so I would (if I must choose between the two) say the instructor.
In principle, I agree with this, but if asked which is more important to me
aikido practice, I would have to say both. My teacher provides the experience and instruction, my fellow students the different energies and body types and points of view. I wouldn't want to miss either.