Kevin, good to hear from you. The reason I posted was mainly because I came around your recent posts and appreciated the give and take.
Hope Lee's doing well (still as inflexible as ever? lol).
I was trying to use the wrist grab illustration as a means to discuss the mindset behind "doing Aikido" in a practical sense.
I always thougth that Aikido was great at demonstrating the essential elements behind martial arts - the use of time/distance and placement - the whole "being in the right place at the right time" concept without which it doesn't matter how quick, strong and skilled you are at striking.
I mean, the human body works the same way regardless of the martial art: you use the hard bits to hit the soft bits; and bend the joints the direction it doesn't go
But I haven't really fully understood the initial timing the sense that "connection" starts before the physical engagement. That's something I'm trying to think through.
BTW, since you come across a lot of young bucks who do martial arts: Is it my imagination or has TKD become seriously diluted?