Re: No touch throwing or muppets in a circle?
That post was a bit rambling, but I think I get the gist.
Although, the vast majority of no touch throws one sees in aikido are totally contrived and collusive, there is nothing mystical or impossibly difficult about no touch throws.
Aiki only exists between animate objects, because it involves a complex interaction of intention, expectation, and movement.
I have genuinely been thrown and thrown others with no touch. I have also colluded in both roles to perform no touch throws. It's a very different experience.
I'm curious. How do you know you felt ki in those static exercises, like the "unbendable arm"? Why would you describe it as such? What made it stand out to you? How was it different? How do you think the "unbendable arm" relates to no touch throws?
I think this is an interesting topic, which should receive more serious discussion. Maybe you can expand on your first post.