Re: Why Aikido has such strange strike defense.
I remembered from class that these were meant to simulate weapon attacks. When i questioned that in real life nobody would attack like we do i was given a response that made me think.
If you substitute a bottle for the empty hand in shomen-uchi you would have some person trying to crack that bottle over your skull. My brain clicked and said:"Oh, yeah"
Training to disarm some loony with a sword has it uses.