Re: Poll: How important is the notion of "gaining advantage over your partner" in your aikido training?
I find this a rather curious question, because one who has no advantage really has no advantage at all. Getting off the line of attack puts us in a safe place where we have an advantage in that we can strike but cannot be struck. Aikido's goal is controlling yourself and controlling an attacker; any kind of control would be a type of advantage, so I consider it very important to train and learn to create and receive an advantage. On the flip side, the ukemi of Aikido helps you give yourself to the advantage of your partner, and by training in ukemi, you actually share advantage with your partner.