Ignatius Teo wrote:
There is no need to resort to scientific explanations, theory and hypotheses - I feel they detract from the "real" lesson at hand. Always in simple non-esoteric terms.... as my teachers taught.
When teaching to someone new with no understanding, you are right resorting to scientific explanations, theory and hypotheses will confuse and detract from the lesson. But at some point the Aikido student will ask how and why the Aikido works. Since in Aikido the unbalance of your opponent is a key principle, understanding how the body maintains its balance is important in seeing how to unbalance your opponent.