Chuck Clark wrote:
I think all aiki movement is "irimi", even when you're moving backwards.
Amen, Chuck Sensei.
That's a mantra I've heard zillions of times in the dojo.
The original quote starting this thread was from Twigger's book Angry White Pyjamas
, which was based on his experiences in the Yoshinkan senshusei course.
One of the most pervasive concepts taught in Yoshinkan is that everything is always forward
Superficially, I can only think of one technique in the standard Yoshinkan basic techniques that reqires a step backwards. Even then, your intent, your focus, and your energy is directed forward. Of course, this is all easier to show than to tell...
Besides, going backwards is simply going forward in a different direction.