Re: For Ted Ehara - Boundary of your aikido?
The force is redirected through the system of 'sticks and strings' that is our bodies. The movement you seek may be unmeasurably small flexions of tendons, and compression of bones.
It does not 'feel' the same as resistance, because of the network. It's a subjective thing - best I can do bro.
Isn't the engineering definition of 'rigid' - ten units of force in and ten units out = rigid. God help me here, but maybe there are losses to friction also.