Originally posted by fiona
" we've come to use the word "hard' in a different manner. It means to remember while training that aikido is a martial art - to train as though your uke is a real attacker and not just a friendly face from the dojo. To respond as you would like to do in a real-life situation. To throw with power, to be ready for the next attacker, to put the locks on HARD enough that uke can't escape and clout you.
This is the foundation of proper training in budo. Treat it as a "life and death" situation at all times. Vary your speed and level of force to fit the skill level of your partner, but always keep real intent of budo.