Re: Weapons training leads to good aikido.
I totally agree with you there Rupert. There is a sense that oneself would be killed, when doing partner practice. I guess this dramatically improves that primal instict of self preservation; 'I do not want to be killed' concept. Hence it delivers one that Zanshin of avoiding Uchi, Ai- Uch, 'cut or be cut', and 'tsuki or be stabbed'. Even though we mimick and practice that concept in taijutsu, I certainly can feel that lesson more when I am holding a boken or Jo especially in partner practice, when one mistake or miscalculation can land oneself a boken on the forehead. OUCH!