Re: Maruyama Shuji's ("That's not my aikido," REDUX
Anther awesome post Ellis. I rather like suwari-waza techniques and I think they help separate Aikido from many other arts by adding a "mid-level" between pure standing and pure grappling techniques. You can always tell who practices them by the wear spots on their hakama too. They're also fun to try with BJJ guys and can often stymie them and leave them scratching their heads. Beginners always seem to be amazed/impressed when the see suwari-waza as well. The only problem I see is that it can be rough on the knees for your typical "big" American, but I've managed so far (knock wood).