Scott Morris wrote:
Once again, great article.
I believe you have addressed a subject that is perhaps one of the hardest things to grasp for beginners (myself included) in Aikido training. Being in the right place at the right time.
I have noticed Ikeda Sensei on different occasions uses a type of delayed first step when attacked. Could this be interpretated as a check, if you will, of his ma-ai as uke attacks? Or, is it something used to interrupt the rhythm, to get uke to over commit to the attack, thus placing him off balance?
I am not sure if we are talking about the same thing but Ikeda Sensei's specialty is meeting his partner's attack and at the instant of contact running a spiral which allows his body weight to drop on to the uke.
If he is doing his more martial technique he'll enter straight into uke's ceneter at the instant which uke begins to attack.