"Are aiki styles that employ Aiki-taiso exercises usually off-shoots of Ki Society schools and generally known as "softer" styles? Can I get some input from those who have studied hard styles like Yoshinkan and softer "ki' styles? And are styles that still use Aiki-taiso considered more sophisticated, intricate and higher up on the evolution scale? And more importantly are they as street effective as the "yank and crank" harder styles? "
I took this quote from a thread some place, and found it really interesting. I cant comment on the yoshinkan aikido but I will say my sensei broke away from ki no kenkyukai many years ago, and formed his own studentbase into what he calls simply "aikido" we employ Aiki-taiso but I was blown out today when we were doing the yonkyo drill, irimi, tenkan same old, then I asked sensei if he went for the leg type yonkyo at any stage, without a flinch he requested me to pin him on the wall in a lapel type grab ,he then dropped to the floor and planted a flat kick to my inner shin (leg type yonkyo) it was super painful, I really liked it in an aikido explorer kind of way. I was speachless. So I guess what I am trying to say is Ki Aikido aint that soft sometimes depends who you train with.
Opinions on Aiki-taiso please, in my opinion they reflect the principles (thats all). All important principles.