Re: "Learning Aikido by Watching Aikido Video"
The most overly optimistic statement I've heard yet in 2008.
I personally enjoy watching Nishio Sensei's videos. Am I learning his style from them? ...No.
Maybe once I have a stronger foundation of the basic principles (and am able to observe from a more aware and informed standpoint), I might be able to understand and incorporate the various nuances of various individual's styles by watching video of them. But that is a big "maybe", and possibly completely unrealistic.
I think that trying to get that strong foundation from a video is firmly in the realm of the impossible.