Re: The Role of Uke in Aikido Training
I don't think you need to get rid of anything regarding notions of uke but rather include everything.
Uke is attacker so it would be best to understand all parts of that. How else can uke initiate an attack which is what uke does in Aikido.
Uke is also the receiver and thus ukemi, the art of receiving. So both are true.
Uke is also the helper so that explains the interrelationship as a pair in training.
Uke attacks by strike (atemi) or grab or hold all equally valid. Each has a purpose. The purpose for each is to neutralize whilst remaining in a safe position. That's the simplicity of it.
Then we can look at role of nage to get the complete picture.
So uke gives and receives and nage receives and gives. You could say it's just the art of communication, good, perfect, communication in action.