|Originally posted by computerdog
However, I would not say that most techniques are a form of kata. It might be possible to train it this way, but do not forget that kata is a strikt form. The techniques as we train them in Aikido will change depending on how tall, how heavy or how strong the training partner is. Therefore I would not call this a kata training at all.
Can someone agree with this?
"Kata", in Japanese, means "shape" or "form".
Mostly (except for jiyuwaza and randori), we do pre-arranged attacks and pre-arranged techniques. We're learning the "form" of the technique under a set of constraints.
We go through a "shu ha ri" cycle from merely learning the outer form through being able to spontaneously generate variations.
How is that not kata training?