Re: Is aiki a clash of forces?
I think a lot of what one finds in Chinese internal is also inherently built into Aikido training. When I went to study with a Chinese internal teacher, one of the first things he said to me was, "good, you already move about right." When I asked him what he meant, he said that my use of posture and organization of the body was already pretty decent. He also told me that a lot of Aikido guys seemed to be that way. Proper use of the body is universal, so it's no mystery that different groups all working with the same machine would come up with very similar answers.
Another question I wanted to ask, how does "IP" effect the ability to jump? Can learning "IP" improve jumping ability?