Originally posted by SimonW11
I remember Kanetsuka sensei now 7th Dan telling us at a seminar that Shihonage is not a technique for real fights.
I read an old interview with Kissomaru where he said that it was the first technique taught to beginners in Hombu. (It's also one of two techniques discussed at length in "The spirit of aikido," Iriminage being the other.)
I think it's taught early and practiced often for the same reason that it's not a good technique to use in a fight. It's a very very complicated technique because of the number of little things it simultaneously involves- there's so much to learn there.