Very interesting piece and very close to the spirit of aikido. Yet I have trouble digesting the analogy of the drag race where the aikidoka is holding back a charge through 'braking' instead of surrendering his body and intention to everything.
Most Aikido folks I train with do not understand forward intention. That intention must be engaged before it is time to actually move or they will move too late. If your mind is "already" in, then the body simply feels as if it were released.