Re: Aikido: The learning of natural movement
Human being are born with less concrete "instincts" than all other organisms - this means we can learn more but are vulnerable as infants. If interested in this topic suggest studying the research as to what these instincts really are - less than you might think, more predispositions than stone commands.
The basic attack pattern of human animals is a fisted downwards blow to the front/top of head (kinda like 2001 Space Odyssey shomen) and can be seen in riots and infants worldwide (cross cultural comparison essential here). This instinct is very relevant to aikido as is the "flinch" response and the mechanics of how babies breath as compared to adults (we're all messed up basically)
Just facts and opinions here from a body orientated psychologist whose done some homework - not taking sides as both profoundly agree and also disagree with the "baby" aikido notion. Recommend reading Paul Linden and Mosh Feldenkrais as excellent starting points, and gald that people are observing kids too.
One thing I think we can all agree on is that we have a basic design and that aikido is about working with this model not in antagonism to it (driving with the brakes on).