Re: My Experiences in Cross Training MMA with Aikido
Something I learned at my original dojo, which then got reinforced at my first Saotome Shihan seminar back in about 2000, is to be able to commit to a technique, but also being alert enough to switch it up in a tenth of a second (human reaction time) if need be. I learned to be aware that uke surely does have a reserve fist and that this must be acknowledged and respected. Uke also has two feet, two knees, and one hell of a powerful forehead.
Kevin, I am really glad you brought that up because it is of paramount importance to be mindful of, even though it surely does not simplify matters for nage.