Re: Is aiki a clash of forces?
Another thing, Tom
As time goes by, there is another form of testing taking place that is more relevant....hands on...and it will remain the standard. I say more relevant, as the level of education in this work improves, more and more teachers are going to be "outed" for the level they are really at. This work is like nothing else in the arts. You can't fake it and it is testable beyond waza and fighting. So when someone claims they do their budo ...moving from center. Or they cut with Sword, Naginata, or yari ...with center, their development can actually be tested. Time will tell, but I think we will find a nice group of teachers who really do know what they are talking about when they say it. Beyond that, there are interesting facets of creating aiki from there while using it.