Mike Sigman wrote:
Ummmmm... maybe instead of "cast", how about something like pliable rawhide?
Personally I like that, a good analogy, but most of my brit students wouldn't know what it was.
Here's an off the wall image I used a while ago,- do you remember when you were a kid and used to mix cornflower and water, when the mix was just right you could pass/stir the spoon through it like it is water, but if you move the spoon quickly it goes solid instantly? well aikido is like this, your body needs to have both qualities at the same time, like water, like rock, both at the same time.
I think I confused the pants off my students at the time, but some of them were nodding as if they understood, so I continue....