Re: It's all spirals
Hi Stefan, this topic is really an interesting one for me also.
I seem to disagree with you and Daren about all techniques being spirals. For example, the basic 17 techniques in Tomiki Aikido (Junanahon no Kata) is very linear. This could be because Tomiki was heavily influenced by Judo, but he optimized the movements to their basic parts which are very linear.
You can do the same techniques with a spiral motion, but what I am seeing is that they all rely on a series of linear off balances.
I'm not to familiar with all the other styles, so does anyone else do linear techniques?
If not, can the spiral techniques you do be done in a linear fashion by shortening the time between off balance and execution?