Richard Player wrote:
... as aikido is purely defensive (ref Shihan of the UKA or even Saito sensei) i fail to see how a defender can take the initial initiative of combat- Aikidoka can counter and throw/ lock- but they must fight to the enemies pace and game. They are the ones that determine the speed, they are the ones that dictate the technique, they are the ones that are coming in first...
The aikidoka can make a small initial movement that appears to give an opening for a specific type of attack, then can be ready to counter that attack. That's what my Sensei (Jason DeLucia) does, and he's certainly not the only one. In that way, the aikidoka influences the enemy's pace and game rather than being at its mercy.