Re: Aikido vs Brazilian Jujutsu
Agreed, Kevin. I think one reason it (the guard) is so good for isolating the ground connection with your points of contact is that it gives you another context for weighting yourself to the ground and creating/releasing tension within yourself that it effects the other person.
Nice description, Kit, and I think this goes along with what you're saying, in that if you can do the above things AND harmonize (in the trained intercept/sensitivity to the other person, rather than the philosophical context), then that creates the "inevitability" factor that the really good practitioners (standing, clinch or ground) display regardless of the position they start from. I know I'm not there myself, but I love/hate that feeling when I get it from someone else (also known as the "Oh, S41t, not again!" montage)!