Actually come to think of it...
Go ahead and use kicks, punches, grapple, suplexes, whatever. If that was a quick way to defend oneself and others by all means. But, when one starts to tire out and not making any difference, only then one would appreciate Aiki.
Actually it is quite the reverse, not that when Aiki does not work then one resort to "kicks and punches", but when "kicks and punches" do not work one resorts to Aiki.
I was told by a sensei that Aiki techniques are design to balance out (deal with) powerful, balanced, and Aiki or Ki attacks where one's conventional "punching, kicking, grappling, or locking" has no effects.
Come to think of it, Aiki is the last resort.
Last edited by Thalib : 12-30-2002 at 08:51 AM.