John Riggs wrote:
My observations of speed is that the fast one goes the more likely the technique and control of that technique is likely to deteriorate. Too slow is a problem as well. One of the worst dan tests I ever observed was done with everything very fast. There were no aiki principles used and everything looked sloppy and out of control.
Yes. This puts me in mind of an impromptu RANDORI Saotome-Sensei once did after DAN testing in Orlando. By far, he was the slowest mover on the mat and, of course, no one could get at him. He was calm and collected, in no hurry. Lovely.