Re: Poll: Can slow training in aikido be intense for you?
I can't speak for aikido per se, but in many ways slow training is more difficult or at least more involved, both physically and mentally.
Physically because it is like doing a pushup slowly. You demphasize momentum, thus increasing sensitivty to all muscles changes and forces.
Mentally because now you are aware of sensitivity. Which finger touches first, the temperature of what you are holding, the sensation of the mat on your toes, and probably thousands of other variables that typically rush by unnoticed when moving quickly.