Wow, I never intended to offend anyone. After all, i've only recently been exposed to this sort of thing. I would've probably agreed with Erik whole-heartedly, six months ago.
Since I KNOW it's very difficult for people who never experienced it to acknowledge it, I am not even going to try convince anyone, since I'm still psychologically resisting it myself.
The no-touch throws are just a passing fancy, I'm not as interested in them as I am with the "freezing"
The only reasons I'm agreeing to learn it is because;
1. My muscles don't lie, those techniques hurt like hell
2. I'm small, so I need the leverage
Aikido practice varies from one dojo to another, just as Larry mentioned. I didn't train in Ki Society, the concept is introduced to my steven-seagal type dojo.
At the beginning of this thread I did ask if this part of aikido should even be considered as a martial art. I now consider that it is now, an interesting non - martial art application of Aikido.
I guess people who are studying it are really risking a lot.
- don't mind me, i'm just a philosopher -