Re: Poll: Do you currently care what your aikido looks like?
Well as a lifelong dancer and professional model, Sometimes I get a little to obsessive with how my movement looks. My dojo is shared with a ballet school and one of what I consider my greatest aikido successes is that while I am in the dojo, the mirrored wall Does Not Exist.
If I try to control how my aikido looks, I will easily get my neck broken from trying to split my attention between uke and the mirror. If I concentrate on how it Feels, and do the technique without struggling or putting my foot up somebody's hakama, I'm willing to bet I look just fine.
Except of course looking dorky cuz I'm still in gi pants.