Erick Mead wrote:
... or a 9mm slug, or hitting him with a car at 40 mph, none of which is really aikido, either. In proper kokyu, I have his balance and he is not quite sure where it left his control and entered mine -- I have not merely knocked it over with an excess of energy.
I would have to see it, I suppose. Too often I have seen what I call "smoothe pickups" in Aikido, actually be more of a reflection of cooperative practice than a reality. Think of the video of Tohei wrestling with the dumpy American cameraman back in the 60's. No smoothe "cameraman not quite sure where it left his control and entered Tohei's". I.e., descriptions don't convey reality often.... so I would have to see it.