Charles Moulton wrote:
Is it also not true that the foundations of Aikido were based on the ability of O Sensei to defeat an enemy without laying a hand on him?
This is where we manage to avoid conflict. The problem with those quotes is you get the Aiki nutty fairies trying to throw people without touching them.
I was at a seminar a few months back where we were doing Irimi Nage. I drove this guy in the direction of the tatami. He got up saying, "What are you doing? What are you doing? You're not supposed to touch me! You're just supposed to show your arm in front of my face and I fall over!" So I took him out ever harder the second time!
That is the problem with random quotes from O'Sensei - people twist it. I mean, some people even start refusing to train somewhere because of the way they will have to dress!