Re: Aikido and sparring: how to?
If you are going into a sparring situation, you are almost necessarily fighting their fight. Dont do that, fight your fight. Use the tai sabaki you are taught to evade until you get an attack you can deal with. Incorporate more atemi waza into your aikido, get a better feel for effective ma-ai and the openings you are being given. Look for places where you can connect with a punch and follow it back in.
What are you looking to gain from punchy-kicky sparring?