Brion Toss wrote:
Formal training surely is an essential context-provider, yes? I mean, perhaps convergent evolution would eventually lead someone to the same technical curriculum, but a solid framework, so long as it is actually the result of genuine, optimized motions, can sure cut out a lot of needless reinventing.
Absolutely. There is no substitute for hard dedicated training. As I said, the instructor provides the framework. It's up to the student to burn through the blocks and preconceived notions about what Aikido is or should be and discover the Aikido that lies within. Aikido is not limiting, we place limits on the art by trying to define what it is and isn't. In doing so we clamp down on our own expression of Aikido and so limit our development.