Re: Saito Sensei & the no-hands throw
Once again, you experience and strategies parallel my own. I will "eat" strikes too. I make the choice of where the opening is etc.
I see no issue with this or conflict with aikido, I think we train this way all the time. we establish kamae, open a little to allow for the attack, then move off line to counter.
I think the difference is in a real fight, you can't always compensate for the speed, distance etc, so you end up "eating" it to get the advantage.