Re: Irimi/too slow problem
Two of the questions I'm thinking about currently:
1. If we work towards gaining kuzushi at the point of contact and at the instance of contact, then does timing matter?
2. If we work towards gaining kuzushi at the point of contact and at the instance of contact, then does physical location of nage or uke matter?
If we use the principles of aiki in the manner of the lineage of Takeda, then it really shouldn't be a matter of when nage moves or where nage moves. It should be a matter of nage's aiki disrupting uke's structure at the point of contact. The better nage's aiki skill, the less nage relies upon when and where.
So, if kuzushi is made at the point of contact, then uke has no structure, power, or control. If kuzushi is kept as nage goes to tsukuri, then uke again has no structure, power, or control.
So, I go back to viewing the hundreds of variations of irimi nage and again, see that when properly done, placement of nage doesn't really matter as much as kuzushi. The techniques, of which there are hundreds, place emphasis upon body movements. These body movements include foot placement, hand placement, etc. However, techniques are not the importance here. Techniques were codified so that people have some way of learning principles. Principles are the importance. Aiki and kuzushi are two. Body positioning and timing are, IMO, tactics to be used in a strategy.
Again, all IMO,