Joseph Bowen wrote:
I have a small problem with the term "counterintuitive". People throw this term around a lot but I don't think many really understand the implication of what they are saying (or writing).
Well, I think you may be splitting hairs a bit, but a good post, in general. The thing about semantics and etymology is that ignoring it causes misunderstandings, discussing it causes misunderstandings and not thinking about it at all causes a complete breakdown in communication.
Your distinction between instinct and intuition is a good one.
On the whole, your post supports the idea that it's worthwhile to realize what your "learned instincts" are. I think this would apply in any endeavor, not just Aikido.