Re: Poll: How often do you find yourself having to suppress your own natural responses as uke during aikido practice?
Yep, it's a huge problem.
1. I'm a newbie.
2. I'm very stiff and have minimal flexibility, even after stretching.
3. I'm built like a football player...thus the tendency to muscle through ukemi and crash to the mat instead of flowing and gliding.
4. I have a problem with this thing called a "committed attack."
I realize that with the "committed attack" all we're really trying to do yet is learn the basic physics and physiology of how people move their bodies....fine, but It just seems so counterintuitive to throw a big "hay maker" strike at someone in such a way that all they have to do is sidestep me and I lose my balance.......especially if I KNOW that's what they're going to do.
And with things like shoulder grabs and lapel grabs.....basically what I've learned so far is that I'd have to be a moron to actually grab someone that way knowing how easily I could lose an arm to someone who knows what they're doing.