Re: 043) Just Because The Person Is Coming To Kill You, Does Not Mean That You Canno
Sounds good Mark, this has been my experience also. I have found that this works best when one does not project any sort of "defensive stance" or "readiness to fight" per se. This often encourages the attacker to think that you are unprepared for the attack and "draws him in" or leads him a bit. Good tai sabaki and timing skills will help the Aikidoist close distance in an instant when the attack is launched, even though the attacker thinks he is relatively safe when he launches the attack.
Like you said, staying calm and centred is critical. Do you guys do any specific drills to develop this skill?
"There is no stance in Aikido" Shoji Nishio...Excellent Thread...