Dan Guthrie wrote:
It seems to me that it's not acceptable - for safety reasons - in the dojo but in a big, important demonstration it's a bit like hitting a wrong note very loud in a solo.
Martially, what if this happened "in real life" and there was traffic or a wall where the mat ends?
In a nutshell, I wish my aikido was as good as Seagal sensei's acting
but I think this video shows he isn't perfect.
Just my two cents, I'm not trying to stir up any controversy.
Just to be clear, I am not claiming perfection for anyone. I'm simply saying that if you are truly flowing and doing a four man randori with people that can take ukemi, you just go with it and play. I'd bet my two cents that none of those ukes really even needed the mats and everybody on the mat knew it.
As I mentioned in my earlier post, I certainly agree that if the edge of the mat is a busy street things get very different. But then you are talking about a street altercation and not a randori demonstration. In the street (amazing how much of a cliche that has become) things change from the very beginning of the randori and I really don't see the ukes getting second, third and fourth chances to get up to play some more.
I guess I don't think its that big a deal, but then again it's happened to me in classes and demonstrations..
Have a great day out there!