Re: How small is your aikido
Reminds me of when I was training with a youngish 2nd kyu, men tsuki, I stepped in and did ushiro kiri otoshi. He got up and looked at me and said how do you get so fast. I laughed, a real laugh, I'm on the other side of 40 and not what you'd call built for speed. I pointed out I'm old and slow, but in the 3 feet his fist has to travel to my face, I just need to move 3 inches (at the right time) for it to miss, with the committed strike its not a big step into ushiro, small movements give the illusion of speed. But I also find once I I'm off the line nice big movements are fun.