[quote]Originally posted by MJO
[i]Originally posted by Chuck Clark
"There's a difference between delivering a committed attack with real intent that is slow and has reduced power for beginners and one of these "fake" attacks. The intent must be there for the proper lessons to be learned."
Clark Sensei is right on. An attack must have real intent (especially, if it is delivered slowly) in order to perform a correct balance-break. If aikidokas are out there giving non-committed attacks, (perhaps they are giving bad attacks just to set up easy counters, or to act too much like a robot for beginners) then neither partner really benefits.
I feel a non-committed attack would be beneficial only if it was delivered intentially... (to see how an experienced aikidoka would be able to effectively respond and perform some sort-of-technique)
I guess you could compare it to a couple of "change-ups" rather than all "fast-balls."
Even change ups have intent.
A curve ball is fully a curve ball.
While a golfer might change up their iron, they still intend to smack the ball into the hole.
The baseball pitcher still intends to strike the batter out.
Aikidoka should still intend to hit the target.