Re: What's With All the Pushing?
Hi Stefan, I fully agree with what you are saying.
The answer is to do with not understanding the principles of Aikido and unknowingly mistranslating things all ending up as usual with the application and reliance on force.
There is giving, there is reaching through and there is receiving all with non-resistance but until this is understood and practiced and demonstrated all a person can see is or even believe is pushing and pulling.
Thus there is the art of moving a person without force and the way of drawing a person which on the outside looks like pulling but is actually the result of reaching through and drawing out and is the basis of gokyo. Once again this takes a reality of Ki and Koshi in order to do it effectively with calm application and effortlessly.
Keep up the good work, G.