Alex Lawrence wrote:
There seems to be a lot of talk about Aikido techniques not working against resistance but I thought the entire point of Aikido was to harmonise with and so use any resistance to throw uke.
Judo: Push when pulled. Pull when pushed. Aikido: Push when pulled. Turn when pushed. Resistance = uke pushing or pulling in order to stop technique; should provoke appropriate response in tori.
Alex, your post pretty well describes aikido according to my way of thinking. And that is that "tori" does not resist. The antithesis of that idea is that "uke" never resists anything tori does, so that, whatever tori does, uke will fall. And I think that idea has done more harm to aikido than anything else since the beginning.
Best to you.