Ron Tisdale wrote:
The question for me is...were Ueshiba Sensei's uke's *not* resisting, or were they **unable** to resist? And doesn't that make a rather large difference?
I don't suppose we'll ever know the answer to that one without speaking directly to those involved.
My take on it is that it didn't matter that much as Ueshiba demonstrated by throwing them anyway.
To me they look as if they are not resisting in the films that I have seen, but that doesn't mean that they didn't resist at all. Maybe they 'had' been resistant and found that it was not to their advantage.
Fully resistant uke's tend to go down like a 'ton of bricks' the tension they create by resisting tends to transfer to the floor