Re: Poll: How important is working with strong-gripped, "static grabs" in your aikido
I like people who grip strongly! If it is strong and they're affecting your center, it's not that much of a problem to help them spend that force somewhere that's to your best advantage. We haven't even begun to talk about their intent and the part that plays in their downfall. In my opinion, high level budo is recognizing the opponent's intent and then joining that in a way that takes the sente and actualizes your intent at the same time which ends in waza.