Michael Stuempel wrote:
I don't dispute that this is true, however why can't you do this without weapons?
<snippage of several reasons>
Similar. Yes. Follows the same principles. Sure. Fun. Definately. Required for good aikido...I am still not convinced.
I'm going to toss in a me too here. Taught right I found that tachi-dori and yari-dori practice increases the intensity of focus but again there is no reason empty handed practice alone can't serve the same function. Well in Shodokan it actually does since tachi and yari are not introduced into the curriculum until later and I suspect that the main reason is to give a historical completeness rather than any intrinsic need.