Mark Murray wrote:
A good article. Thanks. It's given me some things to think about and build upon what I've already been thinking about.
Just to touch upon this part,
"If the defender is "blending" with the energy of the attacker, and the attacker is blending with the energy of the defender, who controls the interaction?"
I guess this ties in with the theory of leading in aikido. Where you lead but you really aren't leading. ... But you aren't really leading the attacker because you, as defender, aren't taking him/her where you specifically want him/her to go.
But, when the situation is like the quoted above where the "blending" is done by both ...
I don't know. Maybe someday.
I can see one possible restatement of the aiki koan Ledyard Sensei proposed that is very much in line with your comment:
"Nage leads wherever uke follows."