Re: Poll: How important is "being martially effective" in your aikido training?
A good friend I train with defines 'martial' to mean 'hard'. Perhaps the underlying question here is "Can soft technique be effective."
The answer is unequivocally YES. I train soft all the time - correction I TRY to train soft all the time. Old injuries and fears make me tense up, and each time I do I lose power and martial effectiveness.
Question to the Master: "Master, how do you do your technique so effortlessly?"
Master: "I don't use any effort. Do you have any other penetrating questions today?"