Originally posted by shihonage
Why didn't he "step away" before even telling the guy to punch ?
One of my students was a boxer.
I was teaching taisabaki and told him to punch. My taisabaki was too soon. I moved, he shifted and I had tears in my eyes.
Most good Aikidoists I know - have had experience in other martial arts.
The biggest problem is a new student who has limited knowledge of the martail art he did before. Karate for a year, maybe once a week, big problem. etc