Kevin Leavitt wrote:
When working with more experienced people in the dojo...i have found the only distinction between uke and nage should be who iniates the attack. After that the situation should develop.
Which is which?
In Osensei's books--1933 & 1938--NAGE initiates on OMOTE, UKE on URA.
So much for facile declarations regarding the "defensive" nature of aikido. (The argument can be made that NAGE realizes UKE's intention to attack...which sounds uncannily reminiscent of the Fuhrer's intuition re: Poland...)
You'll see this tradition continued in the work of Saito and Hikitsuchi and perhaps others.