Originally posted by ca
hey, he didn't say metaphors were bad, just that ones related to the techniques might be more useful to someone frustrated with his progress in those techniques.
Yes, that's what I meant, thanks.
I can make a dozen general Aikido metaphors off the top of my head ("Aikido is like a river because it flows around things instead of colliding with them!"), but I find that analogies specific to techniques (such as the "holding a pizza" for kokyo-dosa, for example) are the ones which actually contribute to a student's progress in Aikido, as opposed to his progress in making metaphors.