We are whimps I admit but one of our basic drils (ie. every class) involves the same sort of exercise. The general version is opposite arms extended in tegatana, just touching. One partner drives, the other follows. Variations include eyes closed, arms lowered to side, various weapons, strike and block (yes Aikido has blocks) or redirect and (also done every class) training in sen no sen. The later is interesting in that the moment the driver (see above) threatens kick or strike, the partner enters. Great fun trying to get the other person off guard.
Dave Organ (DaveO) wrote:
One of my old Army close combat instructors - Sgt. Carl Dunnings - had us doing a drill once that at the time I thought extremely odd - although I've since learned its value.