Re: Poll: Do you currently care what your aikido looks like?
I'd agree that aikido doesn't have to look good to be effective, but using Tim's analogy, you could get a dead bird to fly by firing it from a cannon. i.e. I think we aim to make it look good (in training) because it shows efficiency and blending.
Maybe some people have different ideas of what 'looks good' though? In a weird circular argument, I think aikido looks good when there is blending and efficiency.