Originally posted by PeterR
Static resistance during the performance of paired practice has its place but generally its use is misunderstood. It is done not to shut down the techniques but to understand body mechanics.
Randori resistance is the exact opposite. Fluid, body placement and counters. There is as Larry mentioned - flow.
Larry as a Shodokan person is in my mind a little contaminated by Aikikai philosophy however common to both styles is harmonious practice. That does not mean non-resistant dancing but training which maximizes the benefit of both participants.
Great clarification of my point Peter. Thank you.
Did not realise I was "contaminated" by Aikikai philosophy though.
I have used these philosophies with great success in my Shodokan practice for both free practice and teaching.
Mind leads bodies (ours and uke's).
One other point... for all of us. If our technique does not work with resistance, doesn't that mean that we're probably doing something wrong? From my experience when I had just started Aikido, every time my technique was resisted I had ignored or missed something about the principles of "energy redirection" or balance breaking in my technique. Now those exact same techniques work against any sized opponent with focused resistance, even in hanza handachi.
We can learn movements from the first class, the technique however, takes much longer to learn.
Aikido is blending with force... even skilled and focused resistance is still a force that one can blend with or utilise in some form.
Just my $9.99