Re: Poll: How important is working with strong-gripped, "static grabs" in your aikido
I took the meaning to mean that it was a set grab that was not achieved from motion. I find this kind of training invaluable because it allows you to isolate the core movements of the waza and really study the structure of the movements. As Chuck Clark mentions, there is no purely static (satsujinken) grab, but a well done (katsujinken) "static" grab is a very vital training tool (IMHO). I would also disagree that this kind of training is easier than training from motion. Inertia and timing can be great masks of clarity and specific mechanics that will only be revealed with slow resistant training. Please don't assume that I think this is the only way to train, it's one type of training that must be combined with others to create a complete martial artist.