very interesting. mark, you switched position too fast for my eyes to follow (getting old) and have not figured out how to slow down the video yet. maybe doing it more slowly with you being able to pick up one leg at a time and wiggle your hips a bit.
as a side note, the monk Takuan mentioned about the mind has the tendency to get stuck on thing. you mentioned nikkyo and most folks will get stuck on the technique and didn't realize that it wasn't about nikkyo at all, but about aiki. it could be anything you want it to be isn't it, once you have aiki?
I'll try to redo the vid and slow my movements down. You're right in pointing that out. Speed masks too much. I should have thought of that.
I'll look silly wiggling my hips, but I'll give it a go.
Picking up the legs is a very tough thing to do correctly. Instead of using the quad muscles to pick the leg up, I should be using other internal methods. Example, lower back through to legs. I might not be able to capture that because I'm still working on it.
And yes, you're right. It isn't about nikkyo at all. It could be any technique. But, if you show just any technique, you have to have movement of some sort. Aiki is a body skill. You have to have an external vehicle to showcase it. In this case, it would be jujutsu. So, picking any technique showcases jujutsu, too. And I wanted to cut down on the movement so that jujutsu isn't as prominent as aiki principles. Hard to do.