Brian Crowley wrote:
Like chess, Aikido has relatively restricted rules. Does that limit you to an "early level understanding" of how to "dominate an opponent"?
We have rules?
Another important analogy to chess is in the 'story' of a technique.
For example, uke grabs our wrist, so we strike atemi, which uke blocks to one side, so we turn and take his wrist for ikkyo, which he pushes against, so we let it go and move behind him, so he turns, so we throw him down and around, so he tries to get up, so we finish iriminage.
This isn't a series of reversing techniques, its just a long standard technique (katadori iriminage). A common beginner's question about these 'long techniques' is "Its so long, what if uke....". The same question can be asked when looking at the play-by-play of a chess game. Often a particular move is just one option out of several choices. If your chess partner, or uke, does something different you would have done something different too.
I find this analogy useful in explaining why uke does a particular thing during techniques.